The Open Preservation Foundation

sustains technology and knowledge for the long-term management of digital cultural heritage. We provide our members with reliable solutions to the challenges of digital preservation.

News

The latest version of JHOVE is now available to download. JHOVE is an open source file format identification, validation and characterisation tool for digital preservation. JHOVE 1.16 contains fixes and better handling of files in the PDF and WAV modules. Other improvements include: Using string constants for PDF module, XML module, and HTML module error […]

The latest version of veraPDF is now available. This release is the first of the PREFORMA testing phase.The release is focused on bug fixing and improvements of the test infrastructure: Conformance checker fixed cache issues in parsing embedded CMaps fixed multiple issues with validation of font subsets fixed delimiter handling in parsing content streams ignore […]

veraPDF has successfully completed the prototyping phase in the PREFORMA project and has been awarded the contract for the six month testing phase. veraPDF is an open-source industry-supported PDF/A validator. Led by the Open Preservation Foundation and the PDF Association, veraPDF validates all parts and conformance levels of ISO 19005 (PDF/A). The testing phase will […]

Events

27 Mar

ARA SAT are pleased to announce Digital Ambition, a day-long workshop on 27 March 2017 at Hull History Centre. Whilst ‘digital’ presents many challenges we know archivists are responding with ambitious projects to secure the future accessibility of our cultural heritage. This event will be an opportunity to hear about how others are moving towards […]

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31 Mar

As the centrality of personal digital archives and the ubiquity of digital content grows, librarians, archivists, scholars, students, activists, and those who fill the role of the “family IT person,” have to deal with how to best select, preserve, and manage digital material. PDA 2017 seeks to host a discussion across domains focusing on how […]

30 Mar

The veraPDF software is capable of more than just PDF/A validation. veraPDF also provides a policy checker capable of carrying out custom PDF document checks beyond the scope of PDF/A validation. Examples of custom checks include highlighting the use of particular fonts or image formats, enforcing population of metadata fields or limiting the number of pages […]

Blog

Organisations that use JHOVE for PDF validation will already be familiar with the number of error messages it reports. The recently released JHOVE v1.16 Release Candidate (RC) includes a couple of my bug fixes for the PDF module which appear to reduce this number significantly. These fixes were the result of investigating “Invalid Page Dictionary Object” errors and […]

Two weeks ago our archive interest group (AIG) held their first face to face meeting. We were kindly hosted by the Danish National Archives in Copenhagen. Currently the AIG comprises participants from our three national archive members in Denmark (Rigsarkivet) the Netherlands (Nationaal Archief), and Estonia (Rahvusarhiiv) (new members are welcome). The group has been […]

Many factors contribute to the long-term preservation of and access to digital collections. And typically, the endpoint for this material is a repository—or other type of preservation system. But what happens to content after it is stored? How do digital preservationists ensure that content is correct and valid when ingested as well as remains unchanged […]