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Paper presented at the 12th International Conference on Digital Preservation, November 2-6, 2015. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Memory institutions have already collected a large number of digital objects, predominantly CD-ROMs. Some of them are already inaccessible with current systems, and most of them will be soon. Emulation offers a viable strategy for long-term access to these publications. However, these collections are huge and the objects are missing technical metadata to setup a suitable emulated environment. In this paper we propose a pragmatic approach to technical metadata which we use to implement a characterization tool to suggest a suitable emulated rendering environment.