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.

News

The latest version of veraPDF includes the first beta release of our purpose-built PDF parser and validation model. It can be used alongside the PDFBox parser to compare the results. veraPDF 0.26 has a new batch processor that produces multi-item reports. Highlights from the new release are below: Conformance checker added the new rule for […]

The PREFORMA project is carrying out a questionnaire to assess the impact of the project, and the three conformance checkers: veraPDF, MediaConch and DPF Manager. The results will contribute to a report for the European Commission. If you have followed the progress of the project, contributed requirements, or have used or tested the conformance checkers, we kindly ask you […]

The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford are looking for the third Polonsky Fellow (Technical Officer/Research Software Engineer) to join their team! The successful candidate will join the team in Oxford where you will undertake research and training to build upon your expertise in the technical issues surrounding digital preservation and your awareness of the tools, systems and […]

Events

20 Feb
To
23 Feb

“Upstream, Downstream: embedding digital curation workflows for data science, scholarship and society” The conference brings together digital curation professionals and educators with data producers and consumers to consider digital curation in a multi-disciplinary context. There will be a programme of workshops on Monday 20 February and Thursday 23 February and the main conference will run […]

08 Mar
To
10 Mar

The Future of Research The national and international environment for higher education is changing more rapidly than ever: the evolution of research technologies, the emergence of disruptive, non-traditional platforms for scholarly communications and increased demand for more, and more varied, research support services. These developments are occurring in a time of uncertain political, economic and […]

29 Mar
To
31 Mar

As the centrality of personal digital archives and the ubiquity of digital content grows, librarians, archivists, scholars, students, activists, and those who fill the role of the “family IT person,” have to deal with how to best select, preserve, and manage digital material. PDA 2017 seeks to host a discussion across domains focusing on how […]

Blog

Earlier this week the National Archives of the Netherlands (NANeth) published a report on preferred file formats. It gives an overview of NANeth’s ‘preferred’ and ‘acceptable’ formats for 9 content categories, and also explains the reasoning behind the selected formats. Even though in Dutch language only, the report is well worth a look. However, I […]

Flashback is a proof of concept project run by the British Library’s Digital Preservation Team. The project is examining specific emulation and migration solutions as methods for preserving digital content held in the Library’s stock on 3.5” and 5.25” disks and on CD and DVDs.  These could be software items but are mainly supplements to […]

Last week I attended the PREFORMA Experience Workshop in Berlin. The Open Preservation Foundation and PDF Association are leading veraPDF. The morning focused on use cases for conformance checkers from memory institutions and the afternoon explored the PREFORMA challenge with an overview of the testing phase which starts in January 2017. This was followed by […]