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.


We are pleased to announce the latest release of veraPDF. Version 0.8 features a re-designed command line interface (CLI) for validation and feature extraction. Highlights of this release are: Refactored plug-in architecture; Re-designed CLI for PDF/A validation and feature reporting; Supporting install scripts; Updated validation profile syntax; Simplified machine-readable report format; Synchronization with PDFBox 2.0 RC1 […]

Cambridge University Library and the Bodleian Libraries have received substantial funding from the Polonsky Foundation to appoint six Polonsky Digital Preservation Fellows for a joint two-year project. Three Fellows will be based at each institution, and will work collaboratively to address the development of systems and services to support the long-term preservation of the libraries’ […]

OPF member, the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), is looking for a digital preservation officer for the permanent storage of digital collections. The job holder will be part of the Collection Conservation Department, which is responsible for the management and conservation of all KB collections, digitally and physically. About the role You are responsible for long-term storage and […]


11 Feb

As the digital preservation community is increasingly deploying tools into productive environments, the need to systematically evaluate and share evidence about the quality of these tools has become a pressing need. At the Benchmarking Forum at IPRES 2015, researchers, community organizations and practitioners discussed opportunities and challenges in adopting software benchmarking as a systematic tool […]

22 Feb
25 Feb

Visible data, invisible infrastructure The 11th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC16) will be held in Amsterdam at the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre. Call for papers Research data management, and digital curation generally, is becoming a mainstream academic activity. Universities and research institutions are ramping up support and infrastructural provision for it. Funding bodies are […]

07 Mar
10 Mar

The conference for people who code for libraries. The Code4Lib 2016 conference presents an opportunity for all of us to show our support for open and collaborative solutions for higher education, libraries, museums, and archives through attending the conference and providing financial sponsorship. Each year, the Code4Lib conference helps revitalize the community as participants meet […]


The British Library’s Digital Preservation Team is sometimes asked to help resolve the preservation planning challenges of Library colleagues and other organisations. This post describes a recent request for assistance, the steps taken to learn more, the conclusions reached, and where this leads us next. The TIFF format and lossless compression The TIFF image format […]

Flashback is a proof of concept project run by the British Library’s Digital Preservation Team. The project is examining specific emulation and migration solutions as methods for preserving digital content held on CD, DVD , 3.5” and 5.25” disks.  These mainly came to the British Library as supplements to print publications, most commonly with magazines […]

This is the second blog inspired by my visit to colleagues at National Library of Australia, last August. The first, discusses a federated approach to better incorporating custom signatures into the PRONOM signature base without modifying PRONOM. The essence of the blog, however, still centers around how the community can create signatures for itself, and […]