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.


The first public prototype of veraPDF’s validation software has been released. The software can be downloaded at: veraPDF is developing the definitive open source, file-format validator for all parts and conformance levels of ISO 19005 (PDF/A). The software is designed to meet the needs of memory institutions responsible for preserving digital content for the […]

We are delighted to welcome Artefactual Systems Inc. as the newest affiliate member of the Open Preservation Foundation (OPF); the first since we launched our new membership model in June 2015. Artefactual Systems is the lead developer of three open-source software tools, Archivematica ( for digital preservation, AtoM ( for archival description and online access, […]

The Open Preservation Foundation (OPF)  has introduced a new membership model to make participation more accessible to all organisations with a commitment to ensuring long term access to digital content. Alongside the new membership model, we have also established a software supporter model to ensure the sustainability and future development of open source software tools in […]


26 Aug

During March and April 2015 the OPF assumed stewardship of JHOVE after the existing maintainer, Gary McGath, expressed his wish to step down. The OPF’s initial aims were to take ownership of the JHOVE resources and establish sustainable home for the project on GitHub. Following this we’ve updated the build, testing and distribution process for […]

18 Sep

Motivation The need for specific training on the multiple facets of digitisation and digital preservation technology is a common concern at cultural heritage institutions. As a response, the Impact Centre of Competence and the Open Preservation Foundation promote the organisation of a high-quality MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on digitisation and digital preservation. Objective The […]

24 Sep

Most libraries and archives have already collected large amounts of digital objects, predominantly CDROMs. Some of them are already inaccessible with current systems, most of them will be soon. In this webinar we will present an emulation-based solution for reading-rooms. In particular we will look at: tools for management of large collection, i.e. object characterization, […]


This is the second and final instalment of a 2-part blog on the use of PDF/A validators for identifying preservation risks in PDF. You can read the first part here. In Part 1 I showed how PDF/A validators can be used to identify preservation risks in a PDF. I illustrated this with an example that […]

This is the first instalment of a 2-part blog. It was prompted by the upcoming Digital Preservation Coalition briefing When is a PDF not a PDF?, for which I was asked to prepare a presentation. My initial idea was to give an overview of the work we did on PDF preservation risk assessment using a […]

On June 8th and 9th, I attended the PDF Days Europe 2015 Conference organised by the PDF Association in Cologne. It was a chance for me to meet people from the PDF industry who’ve shown particular interest in the veraPDF project. The veraPDF project also gave a 40-minute presentation on the first day. Monday was […]