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 are pleased to announce that Joachim Jung has been named Executive Director for the Open Preservation Foundation (OPF). Joachim will take up the post on December 1, 2015 and will lead OPF in its mission to sustain technology and knowledge for the long-term management of digital cultural heritage. Joachim has a long term interest in […]

The veraPDF consortium is pleased to announce the latest release of the veraPDF PDF/A validation software and test-suite currently under development. Highlights for this release are: validation of all conformance criteria for ISO 19005-1 (PDF/A-1), conformance level b; a complete PDF/A-1b test corpus, including 200 new test-files: PDF features reporting; and a cross-platform installer. Prototype […]

A new beta version of JHOVE 1.12 is now available to download. JHOVE (JSTOR/Harvard Object Validation Environment) is an extensible software framework for performing format identification, validation, and characterisation of digital objects. The Open Preservation Foundation (OPF) took over stewardship of JHOVE in February 2015 to provide it with a permanent and sustainable home. […]


22 Feb
25 Feb

Visible data, invisible infrastructure The 11th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC16) will be held in Amsterdam at the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre. Call for papers Research data management, and digital curation generally, is becoming a mainstream academic activity. Universities and research institutions are ramping up support and infrastructural provision for it. Funding bodies are […]

09 Mar
10 Mar

Save the date. More information coming soon. Prague, Czech Republic.

19 Apr
22 Apr

The IS&T Archiving Conference brings together an international community of imaging experts and technicians as well as curators, managers, and researchers from libraries, archives, museums, records management repositories, information technology institutions, and commercial enterprises to explore and discuss the field of digitization of cultural heritage and archiving. The conference presents the latest research results on […]


Abstract: Downloading an object over the internet through a standard web-browser is a mechanism that is ‘less-than-optimal’ for the delivery of archival objects. Download of objects will not preserve the file-system metadata of the object. Tools like Wget can do this, but do we want the same behavior of the browser? On answering that, do […]

A significant part of the work in digital preservation field is dependent on various software tools. Categories such as identification, validation, characterization, migration and emulation have thus received significant effort over the last years. While without doubt achievements have been made, it is quite hard to quantify the successfulness of the work which has happened. […]

Ever since I started working on digital files validation, it seems as if nobody cares about MP4, MP3 and AVI files. Some people suggested to use MediaInfo or Ffmpeg to proceed their files validation. I may be wrong, but it doesn’t sound enough for me. With a command line, leading to the file conversion, I […]