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Here's a little newsbulletin about FIDO, the open source file format identification tool of OPF. It seems that the use of FIDO is growing the last few months. I am getting responses by e-mail and through the Github issuetracker from all over the world, ranging from requests for help, giving suggestions for improvement and even […]

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18th Sep 2013  10:27 AM  16761 Reads  No comments

Last week I had the honour to host the OPF Webinar "Digital Preservation at your command, part II". During the Webinar attendees were shown the difference and/or similarities between the command line interfaces of MS DOS, Linux and Apple. Here is a short summary of the Webinar:* Comparison of command line interfaces (MS DOS, Linux, […]

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4th Feb 2013  6:05 PM  10813 Reads  No comments

This tool needs some explanation of how it came about. At Nationaal Archief we were faced with various bottlenecks at ingest for our digital repository (which we call e-Depot). Characterization was one of them and when the OPF released the first prototype of FIDO we happily jumped on board for its development. Seeing the potential […]

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28th Oct 2011  1:33 PM  16650 Reads  No comments

The new FIDO (Format Identification for Digital Objects) is here, version 0.9.6. Improvements: reports if match is based on signature, extension or no match (fail) reports if file is empty (to stderr) reporting of mime-types fixed (special thanks to Derek Higgins) shows help upon invocation without arguments PDF signatures updated from PRONOM files, due to […]

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4th Oct 2011  1:50 PM  12485 Reads  No comments

Open Planets Foundation is proud to present: Fido.jar. A java port of the Python version of Fido (Format Identification for Digital Objects). This first version runs on all platforms with Java 6 update 23 or later installed. We would like you to give this first Fido in a jar a try. If you encounter any […]

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3rd Mar 2011  4:37 PM  15613 Reads  No comments

This week Bill Roberts, Asger Blekinge, Andy Jackson, Paul Wheatley, Bram van der Werf and I attended the DevCSI Developer Days in London. Next to the workshops, lightning talks, coding labs and Guru Sessions there were several challenges created by attending organizations. OPF also created two very interesting challenges. The main challenge was to improve […]

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18th Feb 2011  1:40 PM  12459 Reads  No comments