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 archive of OPF webinar recordings is now available to members. (login required). They cover a range of different digital preservation topics. We have organised them in four categories: Preservation in Practice From the Toolbox Community Projects Open Source with OPF Members can select webinar topics and receive priority booking. We will continue to add new webinar […]

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

veraPDF consortium, Easy Innova and MediaArea start development on open source file compliance checkers for documents, still images and moving image materials. The prototyping phase of the public pre-commercial procurement project PREFORMA started on April 14th 2015, with the announcement of the three winners. The aim of PREFORMA is to develop an open-source toolset for […]


28 May

This year we are running a technical track in parallel to the managerial sessions at this meeting. The managerial session will begin with the core business of the meeting, looking back at the past year’s activities and evaluating of our work against the annual plan. The afternoon session will focus on looking forward, and setting […]

29 May

This one-day workshop offers the opportunity to learn how digital forensics and the use of disk images can support your digital preservation workflows. Supported by expert facilitators Cal Lee and Kam Woods from the University of North Carolina, participants will get hands-on experience using the BitCurator tools including the latest developments with BitCurator Access. The […]

08 Jun
11 Jun

Join us on June 8-11, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA at the Hyatt Regency for the 10th International Conference on Open Repositories (OR2015). The conference is being jointly hosted by Indiana University Libraries, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, and Virginia Tech University Libraries.


Siegfried v 1.0 is now available at Siegfried is a PRONOM-based file format identification tool. Key features are: complete implementation of PRONOM (byte and container signatures) reliable results (siegfried is tested against Ross Spencer’s skeleton suite and QA tested against DROID and FIDO output using fast matching without limiting the number of bytes […]

The CINES is a French centre whose one of its main missions is digital archiving. The team in charge of this task is made up of archivists, developers and files formats experts. They have developed a platform called PAC (Plateforme d’Archivage du CINES for Archiving Platform of the CINES) through which users can check their […]

A little while ago I introduced a new file format identification tool, siegfried, on this blog. Since then, I’ve been refining the tool, with a goal of a 1.0 release early next year (probably around March). I hope you don’t mind the occasional update about my progress on this blog. One of my goals with […]