Carl Wilson's Blog

Carl is the Technical Lead for the Open Preservation Foundation. Prior to that he worked for The British Library’s Digital Preservation Team on internal and external projects, including a spell as Technical Co-ordinator for the SCAPE project. He spent three years as Technical Lead on the Planets project, developing the Interoperability Framework and Service Interface definitions. He also helped organise and run the Planets Service Developer’s Workshops. Carl particularly enjoys hackathon style events, and is a regular attendee at OPF events, as well as those which were organised as part of the SPRUCE and AQuA projects.

I wasn’t at iPres this year where the Foundation was represented by our new Executive Director, Martin Wrigley. One paper I was interested in was “PDF/A considered harmful for digital preservation” by Marco Klindt of Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB). If you’re interested in PDF/A and haven’t read it you should, it’s well researched and presents […]

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26th Oct 2017  10:29 AM  1025 Reads  No comments

I spent 22nd and 23rd of May at the GitHub Satellite conference in London. The aim of the event was to: provide a showcase for users of and service providers for GitHub; unveil some new GitHub features; and offer training workshops covering particular GitHub technology. Given that I use GitHub and associated tools like Travis-CI, […]

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19th Jun 2017  12:49 PM  443 Reads  No comments

The second JHOVE online hack day took place on 27 April. Once again, we were delighted to be joined by volunteers from around the world to help improve both the software and supporting documentation. During the hack day, participants: continued to add explanations to the error messages spreadsheet; reviewed and extended the documentation; fixed a […]

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9th May 2017  1:25 PM  926 Reads  No comments

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 […]

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12th Apr 2016  11:57 AM  1749 Reads  No comments

On June 8th and 9th, I attended the PDF Days Europe 2015 Conference organised by the PDF Association in Cologne. It was a chance for me to meet people from the PDF industry who’ve shown particular interest in the veraPDF project. The veraPDF project also gave a 40-minute presentation on the first day. Monday was […]

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3rd Jul 2015  2:57 PM  1270 Reads  No comments

I thought I’d get the ball rolling by posting the first blog using the new front end. It’s taken a little longer than planned so we hope it’s worth the wait. Blogs are managed a little differently than the last site so I’ll just give a few brief pointers. We’ve separated editing and management of […]

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3rd Dec 2014  3:36 PM  1927 Reads  No comments

I thought I’d write a few words about the new OPF web site and our immediate plans for it. The new look reflects our new brand and the release alongside our new strategic plan feels like a real milestone. In order to ensure last Mondays launch went smoothly we opted for a reliable initial release […]

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24th Nov 2014  11:30 AM  1365 Reads  No comments

In this post I'll be taking a look at format identification of PDF files and highlighting a difference in opinion between format identification tools. Some of the details are a little dry but I'll restrict myself to a single issue and be as light on technical details as possible. I hope I'll show that once […]

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21st Aug 2014  10:40 AM  16540 Reads  13 Comments

The OPF is holding a PDF event in Hamburg on 1st-2nd September 2014 where we'll be taking an in-depth look at the PDF format, its sub-flavours like PDF/A and open source tools that can help. This is a quick post of list of things you can do to prepare for the event if you're attending […]

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12th Aug 2014  10:01 AM  14454 Reads  1 Comment

One of the Open Planets Foundation’s main roles in the SCAPE project is to provide stewardship for, and ensure longevity of the SCAPE software outputs. The SCAPE project is committed to producing open source software that is available to the wider community on GitHub, with clear licence terms and appropriate documentation, at an early stage […]

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27th Sep 2013  7:39 PM  11660 Reads  No comments