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 National Archives currently has a vacancy for a Web Archive Technical Specialist. Closing Date: 17 March 2019 Location: The National Archives, Kew Reference number: 1607334 About the job Job description What will the future know of today? Archives, as the homes for our collective memories, are in the future business. Your work will ensure that today’s […]

OPF member, The National Archives, currently has a vacancy for a Digital Archivist. Closing Date: 18 January 2019 Location: The National Archives, Kew Reference number: 1615541 Job description Digital Archivist UK Civil Service, Higher Executive Officer, Permanent, Full time (flexible working based on 36 hours/week) or part-time/job share £30,000 Are you seeking to develop your career in a world […]

As 2018 draws to a close, we are pleased to publish our End of Year Highlights and share them with the community. This report showcases our work over the past year, including an overview of our knowledge sharing and best practice activities, updates about the maintenance and development of our open source digital preservation tools, and a […]


23 Jan

Event Description The DPC, DRI and the School of Advanced Studies at the University of London are pleased to invite students and new professionals in archives, records management and librarianship to a half day conference on practical workplace skills in digital preservation, sponsored by the ARA, IRMS and DPC Supporters. This conference will bring a […]

25 Jan

This half-day workshop will provide participants with an understanding of what JHOVE does, how to install and configure the software and how to interpret the results. JHOVE is an open source file format identification, validation and characterisation tool for digital preservation, and part of the OPF reference toolset. It can be used by itself or […]

02 Feb
03 Feb

FOSDEM is a free and non-commercial event organised by the community for the community. The goal is to provide free and open source software developers and communities a place to meet to: get in touch with other developers and projects; be informed about the latest developments in the free software world; be informed about the […]


In the previous blogpost we focussed on the preservation of Virtual Machines. In the second part we focus on the preservation of a computational scientific workflow implemented in a common workflow engine as a software container. Container technology (also called operating system virtualization) is promoted as a lightweight alternative to virtual machines, requiring less resources […]

This article is cross-posted at iPRES2019 , dpc and OPF sites Ever wonder how workflows are implemented in other repositories? Do you have a suspicion that there might be a perfect tool for your specific type of content and problem out there, but you haven’t found it yet? Or maybe you are just building a […]

On 7 December, I attended the launch of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Building Blocks in Brussels. I was there on behalf of OPF – we are participating in the E-ARK4ALL consortium who are working on the eArchiving Building Block. This was the second event from the CEF introducing the three new Building Blocks (Big […]