Preserving our Landmark Legacy Software: Collect, Archive, Display

Paris, 19-20 October 2022

Software Heritage organises SWHAP Days, a two-day workshop to reflect on the current state and the future of software preservation, exploring challenges and opportunities related to the collection, archival and display of our landmark legacy software.

This workshop will also be the chance to learn more about the Software Heritage Acquisition Process (SWHAP) and the Software Stories presentation platform, developed with support from UNESCO in collaboration with the University of Pisa and the team.

Free to attend and open to the public, SWHAP Days will take place in Paris and online on the 19th and 20th of October 2022. 

This workshop is organized with the support of UNESCO, Inria, Inria Foundation and Lip6.

Software Heritage
is an open, non profit, multi-stakeholder initiative to build the universal archive of all publicly available source code, launched by Inria in partnership with UNESCO.


The daily program includes a series of short talks, followed by a practical demonstration of the Software Heritage Acquisition Process (October 19th) and of the Software Stories (October 20th). The program of each day will end with a round-table and a discussion on the future perspectives for archiving and displaying our software heritage.

You can watch the full playlist here:

October 19th: Collect & archive landmark legacy software

14.00 Welcome address

  • Fackson Banda, Chief, Documentary Heritage Unit, UNESCO
  • Anne-Catherine Fritzinger, Director of Libraries, Sorbonne University
  • Fabrice Kordon, Director, LIP6
  • Roberto Di Cosmo, Director, Software Heritage

14.30 Session #1: talks

15.45 Break

16.00 Session #2: The UNESCO SWHAP process for landmark legacy software

17.00 Session #3: Roundtable

  • Pierre Mounier-Kuhn, CNRS, Sorbonne University & CentraleSupélec
  • Baptiste Mélès, CNRS, Archives Henri-Poincaré & Université de Lorraine
  • Hansen Hsu, Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California
  • Moritz Feichtinger, History Department, University of Basel

October 20th: Display & share our software heritage

14.30 Session #4:Talks

15.30 Break

15.45 Session #5: The Software Heritage Stories for landmark legacy software

16.45 Session #6: Roundtable

  • Elisabetta Mori, AIT & Software Heritage
  • Tom Haigh, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee & Siegen University
  • Marc Weber, Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California
  • Claire Fox, Emulation-as-a-Service Infrastructure (EaaSI)
  • Katherine Thornton, Co-founder,

17.45 Closing remarks

  • Roberto Di Cosmo, Director, Software Heritage

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Registration and contact

This hybrid event is open for attendance by a broad audience, including the general public. 

Registration is free, but mandatory: if you plan to attend, please fill out this registration form in order to receive participation and/or connection details. 

Please contact for any other inquiry (for example, if you haven’t recieved links to the online event after registering using the registration form)


This hybrid event will take place on the Jussieu Campus of Sorbonne Université, in the Esclangon building in the Amphitheatre Durand on the ground floor on the left. 

Event team

Software Heritage director and host: Roberto Di Cosmo

Production: Morane Gruenpeter

Programme chair: Elisabetta Mori

Communication: Marla Da Silva

Location coordination: Fabrice Kordon and Anna-Marie Reytier, LIP6 

Online coordination: Sabrina Granger & Lunar Bobbio

Video editing: Giulia Del Piero

Music: Nino Farini