This is interesting article from the LOC Signal blog. Here is an excerpt.
“…There is definitely a need to document computing history in aid of digital preservation. There are multiple initiatives to document and verify file formats (Sustainability of Digital Formats, GDFR, UDFR, JHOVE2, PRONOM, DROID). There is at least one initiative to document carrier media (MediaPedia). There are archives of manuals (University of Minnesota Charles Babbage Institute). I am thinking a lot about what other sorts of documentation are needed – operating systems, application software, hardware of all types…”
We discussed a few of those initiatives to verify file formats yesterday at the workshops. I’m always amazed that once you learn about something it pops up somewhere else.