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.

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  1342 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  1018 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  1653 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  1069 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 […]

By Carl Wilson, posted in Carl Wilson's Blog

21st Aug 2014  10:40 AM  15932 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 […]

By Carl Wilson, posted in Carl Wilson's Blog

12th Aug 2014  10:01 AM  13971 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  11229 Reads  No comments

This is my first, long overdue blog post since starting my new role as Software Configuration Manager for OPF at the start of the year.  Truth be told that between the SCAPE end of year and review, a weeks holiday, and working out what to do it doesn't feel like four months since I started.  […]

By Carl Wilson, posted in Carl Wilson's Blog

8th May 2013  9:12 AM  9976 Reads  No comments

I spent last week at the Open Planets Foundation Database Archiving event at the Statens Arkvier in Copenhagen. There was a good mix of people, both technical and practicioners, with some informative presentations, and it was interesting to see the different approaches to the problem. To my mind there appeared to be two distinct classes […]

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20th Feb 2012  11:10 AM  16978 Reads  No comments

I participated in the Open Planets Foundation / Digital Preservation Coalition hackathon event in York two weeks ago (27/09 – 29/09).  This is the third event of this type that I’ve attended this year, and so far each has been better than the previous. The event was well attended, with 30+ people over the three […]

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11th Oct 2011  12:26 PM  17816 Reads  No comments