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Researchers receive grant to preserve executable content

Carnegie Mellon computer scientists and library staff, led by Dean of University Libraries, Gloriana St. Clair, have received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to develop Olive, an archiving system for the preservation of executable content.

The project was endorsed by U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), who wrote, as quoted in a university press release, “[Olive] seeks to address a pressing and ever-growing need to preserve and maintain, through a revolutionary new type of archival system, executable content in its original form.”

“Preserving these scholarly products of computer science research and making them accessible for future researchers has tremendous relevance for ensuring the accurate and reliable history of intellectual property to resolve issues of licensing and security constraints. For this reason, I believe the project will yield important benefits for government and industry,” he added.

The first content that Olive will preserve includes test cases such as deprecated and hardware-intensive gaming software, executable academic research articles, and educational software such as the 1994 Great American History Machine.

Software professor granted Distinguished Educator award

Anthony Wasserman, a professor of software management practice at Carnegie Mellon’s Silicon Valley campus, has been awarded the Distinguished Educator Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Wasserman — who is a fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery, a life fellow of the IEEE, and a director of the Open Source Initiative — has spent time both in academia and industry. He served as the founder and CEO of Interactive Development Environments, and led engineering for a dot com start-up company in the ’90s.

“I’m very pleased to receive this award because it’s always an honor to be recognized by one’s peers. It’s particularly rewarding to see innovative course and curriculum ideas widely adopted. I’m very proud of the programs I have helped to develop here at CMU,” Wasserman said in a university press release.

“Teaching graduate students requires staying current on rapidly changing software technology and identifying what topics will be valuable to them in their long careers,” he said. “My courses change every time I teach them.”