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Webinars

We run webinars once a month on a variety of digital preservation topics.

Members can select the topics, receive priority booking, and access to the recordings (login required).

31 May

Overview Clever, Crafty, Content Profiling of Objects (C3PO) is a software tool prototype, which uses FITS generated data of a digital collection as input and generates a profile of the content set in an automatic fashion. It is designed in a way so that different meta data formats originating from other tools can be easily integrated. This webinar focuses on content profiling and preservation planning. It address the following questions: Why do we need identification and characterisation? How can we…

09 Aug

Overview This webinar examines the benefits of capturing and preserving forensically-packaged disk images in collecting institutions. The BitCurator Environment is a suite of open source digital forensics and data analysis tools. This webinar covers the following topics: Forensic disk image formats, and capturing forensic disk images with Guymager Extracting and analysing potentially private and sensitive information from imaged media File system analysis using The Sleuth Kit and fiwalk Generating reports using custom BitCurator tools BitCurator is freely available as a virtual machine…

31 Jan

Overview This webinar provides an overview of JHOVE2, the free and open-source tool for characterising digital objects. It covers the motivation for creating a second-generation version of JHOVE, some of the new features of the tool, including the ability to perform not just format identification, validation, and feature extraction, but also assessment (a policy-based determination of the acceptability of a format instance, regardless of its validation). It will discuss JHOVE2’s more sophisticated data model of a format instance, embracing complex digital…

04 Dec

Overview This webinar gives an overview of the “Digitise and Go” toolset (DInGO, http://dingo.psnc.pl/) with a special focus on the dArceo long-term preservation tool, including its main features, general architecture and production-mode case studies. The ultimate goal of dArceo is to assure long-term preservation of master files using OAIS transformation approach (migration). dArceo runs in a service mode manner to provide simple way for integration with external systems (e.g. digitisation workflow management). To preserve data dAarceo uses many already available preservation…

11 Mar

Overview The BitCurator Access project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is developing open-source software that supports the provision of access to data and metadata from disk images. This webinar demonstrates the software developed to date and discusses future development plans, including tools to redact files, file system metadata, and targeted bitstreams within disks or directories. Session  leads Cal Lee and Kam Woods from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina are our…

29 May

This one-day workshop examined how digital forensics and the use of disk images can support your digital preservation workflows. Supported by expert facilitators Cal Lee and Kam Woods from the University of North Carolina, participants gained hands-on experience using the BitCurator tools including the latest developments with BitCurator Access. The BitCurator Environment is a suite of open source digital forensics and data analysis tools to help collecting institutions (libraries, archives, and museums) process and provide access to born-digital materials.

24 Sep

Most libraries and archives have already collected large amounts of digital objects, predominantly CDROMs. Some of them are already inaccessible with current systems, most of them will be soon. In this webinar we will present an emulation-based solution for reading-rooms. In particular we will look at: tools for management of large collection, i.e. object characterization, to be prepared for (public) access, workflows and tools for management of runtime environments (software-archive, image-archive) and a technical prototype Session lead Klaus Rechert, University…

13 Oct

veraPDF is developing the definitive open source, file-format validator for all parts and conformance levels of ISO 19005 (PDF/A). The software is designed to meet the needs of memory institutions responsible for preserving digital content for the long term. The webinar covers the work the veraPDF consortium have done so far on PREFORMA project. This includes the initial implementation of the PDF/A-1B validation model, the details on the latest 0.4 code release and plans for upcoming releases. We also discuss…

10 May

FIDO (Format Identification for Digital Objects) is a command-line tool maintained by the OPF and used for identification of digital files based on their PRONOM signature. This webinar will provide an update on the FIDO project by outlining recent improvements to the tool. We will also discuss: Why is format identification so important? What are some of the other tools that do file format identification? Why is there a need for different methods and tools? What factors are in play…

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 images using a web browser. It is intended to support access requirements in libraries, archives, and museums preserving born-digital materials extracted from source media as…

30 Mar

The veraPDF software is capable of more than just PDF/A validation. veraPDF also provides a policy checker capable of carrying out custom PDF document checks beyond the scope of PDF/A validation. Examples of custom checks include highlighting the use of particular fonts or image formats, enforcing population of metadata fields or limiting the number of pages in a document. In this webinar we’ll be: Giving a demonstration of the policy checker. Providing a brief, non-technical overview of the supporting technologies: XML…

21 Nov

In digital preservation we rely on automation and tools for some of our most crucial tasks like format identification and validation. One of the most widespread tools for format validation is JHOVE. As there is no other validation tool which checks the well-formedness and validity of plain PDF files, the quality and infallibility of JHOVE’s PDF module is especially important. Unfortunately, as there are no other tools, checking JHOVE’s PDF skills via tool-benchmarking is not an option. As of today,…