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.


We kindly invite you to review the following eArchiving specifications. Originally created by the E-ARK project and enhanced and stabilised by the E-ARK4ALL project, these specifications are a core component of the CEF eArchiving Building Block. The specifications are being released for review in two groups. The Common Specification for Information Packages and the Common Specification […]

The full Call for Contributions for the 16th International Conference on Digital Preservation,  iPRES 2019, is now open. The theme for iPRES 2019 –  Eye on the Horizon – aims to broaden the voices and approaches participating in the conference. In keeping with the theme, we will embrace creative proposals that demonstrate how research and theory […]

In an exciting finale to the Digital Preservation Awards 2018, Barbara Sierman, Chair of the Open Preservation Foundation, has been awarded the DPC Fellowship. Returning for 2018, the DPC Fellowship Award was presented to Barbara Sierman who is known to many in the digital preservation community for her work with the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library […]


13 Dec

OPF members are invited to book one-to-one online sessions with our technical lead, Carl, to discuss any technical aspects of your work. This might include: getting started with OPF tools, e.g. installation and basic usage help with integrating open source tools into local automated workflows and systems investigating problems and issues with open source tools […]

10 Jan

E-ARK4ALL is a consortium of five partners working with the European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility to develop the new eArchiving Building Block. The Building Block is developing the core specifications, software, training and knowledge to tackle the challenge of data management and reuse. This webinar will present an overview of the scope, aims, objectives and […]

15 Jan
18 Jan

The Winter School for Audiovisual Archiving is a four-day training event organised by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in collaboration with AVA_Netthat. The event gives participants the practical knowledge to design and implement a preservation, plan for their audiovisual collections. The fourth edition of the Winter School takes place at the Netherlands Institute […]


This blog post is introducing CiTAR – Citing and Archiving Research, a three year Baden-Württemberg state project, which is developing infrastructure to support computer assisted research. One major outcome of this project are means to publish, cite and provide long-term access to virtual research environments.

I’m happy to announce that we have received funding for the preservation  of Australian videogames of the 1990s. This is a joint research project with Flinders University (South Australia),  RMIT University (Victoria), Swinburne University (Victoria), Australian Centre for the Moving Image, AARNet P/L,  UNESCO PERSIST and OpenSLX GmbH. This project aims to document, preserve, and […]

In September of this year, I presented my PhD research at a musicology conference in Oxford. On the train home to York, I received an invitation for a second interview with the OPF, which included a task to give a presentation on managing a project to extend the functionality of veraPDF for an additional PDF […]