The 'Emulation Access Platform', which seeks to "facilitate universal access to our cultural heritage by developing flexible tools for accessing and storing a wide range of digital objects" doesn't seem that exciting. After all, it's part of the The KEEP (Keeping Emulation Environments Portable) Project, (EU Grant Agreement ICT 231954 (£4m)) and operates out of Portsmouth University.
It gets more exciting when you read that computer historians Dr David Anderson and Dr Janet Delve and computer games expert Dan Pinchbeck at the University of Portsmouth are ensuring that part of KEEP will be "the world's first general purpose emulator, a piece of software which can recognise and 'play' or open all previous types of computer files from 1970s Space Invaders
games to three-inch floppy discs.
"Other emulators exist which are specific to certain platforms or types of media but the new version will be able to emulate media in any format."
This is, apparently, true emulation. Mr Pinchbeck says, "The difference with emulation is that you are freed from these problems. Every time hardware, software, operating systems or anything else upgrade, the KEEP machine just emulates on this new platform. It means it is as future-proof as these things get."
SPOnG has lined up an interview with the noble boffins - so stay tuned.
For more info on the project go here
Thanks to TechRadar
for the heads-up.