Yves Kemp (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DE))
Preserving data from past experiments and preserving the ability to perform analysis with old data is of growing importance in many domains of science, including High Energy Physics (HEP). A study group on this issue, DPHEP, has been established in this field to provide guidelines and a structure for international collaboration on data preservation projects in HEP. This contribution aims at preparing experiments' software for long term analysis and data preservation. In a first part, we discuss the use of modern techniques like virtualization or Cloud for this purpose. In a second part, we detail the constraints of a supporting IT center for future legacy experiments. In a third part, we present a framework that allows experimentalists to validate their software against a previously defined set of tests in an automated way. We show first usage of the system, and present results gained from the experience with early-bird-users, and future adaptations to the system.