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 latest version of JHOVE, the open source file format identification, validation and characterisation tool for digital preservation, is now available to download. Version 1.14 is the first official release since the Open Preservation Foundation took over stewardship of the tool in February 2015 to provide it with a permanent and sustainable home. A 1.12 […]

The Digital Preservation Coalition’s quest to find and celebrate the very best work in digital preservation across all sectors has begun again this year, with today’s launch of the 2016 Digital Preservation Awards. The prestigious Digital Preservation Awards is the most prominent celebration of achievement for those people and organisations who have made significant and innovative contributions […]

We are pleased to announce the latest release of fido (format identification of digital objects) is now available. Version 1.3.3 has the following features and enhancements: Update to the latest PRONOM signature file, version 84, released in January 2016. PRONOM v.84 includes updates to container signatures Available on the Python Package Index (PyPI), as opf-fido […]


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 […]

14 Jun
15 Jun

This year, the successful PDF Days Europe will be held in Berlin. Across two days, you’ll be able to choose from nearly 50 German- and English- language presentations, user reports and workshops in order to assemble your own personal package of PDF knowledge. Highlights include: The veraPDF project PREFORMA; principles, state of affairs, lessons learnt […]


As promised yesterday this is the follow up blog to the refactor of my original DROID SQLite Analysis work. The new version now allows you to produce reports from the format identification tool Siegfried. In this blog I wanted to talk about a small number of other details that can be a bit harder to […]

With the release of the latest Siegfried there was added motivation for me to provide an analysis output for the format identification tool. With ‘double the magic’ there was a lot more for us to explore as analysts, and fingers crossed this release (a refactor) of my SQLite based analysis tool will help with that exploration. Previous […]

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 […]