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 British Library has a vacancy for an Information Analyst in the Digital Preservation Team. This is an exciting opportunity to gain some practical experience in digital preservation and help ensure that the Library’s digital collections are preserved for future generations. As an Information Analyst, you will work as part of a dynamic team to […]

(14th International Conference on Digital Preservation) September 25-29, 2017 Kyoto, Japan iPRES is the major international conference on the preservation and long-term management of digital materials. The iPRES 2017 hosted by Kyoto University will contribute to promotion of researches and development of technologies and services of digital preservation. Following the success of the previous […]

The veraPDF consortium today announced the release of veraPDF 1.0, an open-source industry-supported PDF/A validator. Led by the Open Preservation Foundation and the PDF Association, veraPDF validates all parts and conformance levels of ISO 19005 (PDF/A). The software is available under a MPLv2+/GLPv3+ license. Carl Wilson, Technical Lead, Open Preservation Foundation said: “Identifying a file’s […]


24 Jan

Many libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) have been creating disk images of media in their care, but they’ve previously had few options for providing access to the materials on those disk images. The BitCurator Access Webtools, created through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, allow users to browse file systems contained within disk […]

26 Jan

The tech clinic offers OPF members the opportunity to book one-to-one online sessions 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; assistance […]

20 Feb
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 […]


Many factors contribute to the long-term preservation of and access to digital collections. And typically, the endpoint for this material is a repository—or other type of preservation system. But what happens to content after it is stored? How do digital preservationists ensure that content is correct and valid when ingested as well as remains unchanged […]

  The research question I have never doubted the JHOVE TIFF module. The JHOVE TIFF module is always right. Everybody says so. That’s why nobody uses the myriad alternatives to it, although it’s so easy to write a TIFF validator, I could almost do it myself. But while my colleague Michelle and I are drafting […]

In my previous blog post I addressed the detection of broken audio files in an automated workflow for ripping audio CDs. For (data) CD-ROMs and DVDs that are imaged to an ISO image, a similar problem exists: how can we be reasonably sure that the created image is complete? In this blog post I will […]