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.


An early release of the veraPDF validation library is now available. This 0.4 release delivers: a working validation model and validator; an initial, unverified PDF/A-1b validation profile; and prototype PDF feature reporting (characterisation). This release comes ahead of our development schedule enabling users to test our first implementation of PDF/A-1b validation on single files, using […]

The Open Preservation Foundation is delighted to welcome The University of Alabama Libraries as our latest charter member. The University of Alabama (UA) Libraries supports academic, research, and service programs with a variety of creative, innovative, and practical resources designed to meet the needs of a growing, dynamic campus. UA Libraries is widely recognized for their innovative […]

Job title: ​Executive Director Hours:​ Full­ time (37.5 hours/week) Contract type: Fixed term for 12 months Reports to:​ Board of Directors Location:​ Negotiable (with significant travel within EU and beyond) Salary: from £45,000 per annum The Open Preservation Foundation (OPF) is seeking an Executive Director to provide strategic leadership and operational management of the organisation. […]


13 Oct

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 long term. The webinar covers the work the veraPDF consortium have done so far on PREFORMA project. This […]

02 Nov
06 Nov

12th International Conference on Digital Preservation, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill iPRES is held on a rotating basis between Asia/Oceania, North America and Europe. In November 2015, the School of Information and Library Science and the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will […]

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 […]


A significant part of the work in digital preservation field is dependent on various software tools. Categories such as identification, validation, characterization, migration and emulation have thus received significant effort over the last years. While without doubt achievements have been made, it is quite hard to quantify the successfulness of the work which has happened. […]

Ever since I started working on digital files validation, it seems as if nobody cares about MP4, MP3 and AVI files. Some people suggested to use MediaInfo or Ffmpeg to proceed their files validation. I may be wrong, but it doesn’t sound enough for me. With a command line, leading to the file conversion, I […]

Presented here is a tool that will create a 'rogues gallery' out of any digital collection for which you have a DROID report for (alternatively, soon, a Siegfried report for). The tool was presented at a recent OPF Webinar, Preservation in Practice: Archives New Zealand; slides here. And was created by myself and Andrea K. […]