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.


OPF member, the British Library are recruiting for a Technical Analyst in their digital preservation team. This is a great opportunity to help contribute to the preservation of our digital library content. As a technical analyst within the digital preservation team, you will help investigate digital preservation challenges faced by the library, using your analytical […]

The Open Preservation Foundation (OPF) and the Nationale Coalitie Digitale Duurzaamheid (NCDD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build a collaborative partnership to address digital preservation. Signed by Joachim Jung, Executive Director of the OPF, and Marcel Ras, Executive Director of the NCDD, the MOU sets out how the two organisations will work together. […]

iPRES 2016, 13th International Conference on Digital Preservation 3-6 October 2016, Bern, Switzerland iPRES 2016 is pleased to announce that the Workshop, Tutorial and Panel submission deadline has been extended by 10 days! **Submissions are now due by 11th April 2016 at midnight GMT** We hope that this gives you additional time to prepare your proposals. […]


10 May

FIDO (Format Identification for Digital Objects) is a command-line tool maintained by the OPF and used for identification of digital files based on their PRONOM signature. This webinar will provide an update on the FIDO project by outlining recent improvements to the tool. We will also discuss: Why is format identification so important? What are […]

01 Jun
02 Jun

The seventh Annual General Meeting will take place on 1-2 June 2016 at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in The Hague. There will be a managerial and a technical track. The managerial session on Day 1 will begin with the core business of the meeting, and reviewing the past year’s activities against our strategic objectives. Day 2 will […]

13 Jun
16 Jun

As previous Open Repositories have demonstrated, the use of digital repositories to manage research, scholarly and cultural information is well established and increasingly mature. Entering our second decade, we have an opportunity to reflect on where we’ve been and, more importantly, where we’re heading. New development continues apace, and we’ve reached the time when many […]


In a recent blog post, Gary McGath, JHOVE’s former developer and maintainer, questioned whether JHOVE maintenance had ceased. While this is not the case, he is right in pointing out that the Open Preservation Foundation’s resources are limited and that we have other commitments. JHOVE is governed by a Product Board who meet once a […]

The latest version of siegfried, 1.5.0, has just been released. The big change is support for a second identifier type,’s Shared MIME-Info specification.

For anyone dealing with a relatively small number of records, compared to say an internet or data archive, a reasonable process for ingest of material into your digital preservation system might be: 1. Process files with a file format identification tool 2. Per 1. process files with a file format validation tool 3. Per 1. […]