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In a previous blog post I showed how we resurrected NL-menu, the first Dutch web index. It explains how we recovered the site’s data from an old CD-ROM, and how we subsequently created a local copy of the site by serving the CD-ROM’s contents on the Apache web server. This follow-up post covers the final […]

By johan, posted in johan's Blog

11th Jul 2018  3:47 PM  359 Reads  No comments

At our Annual General Meeting in May, Remco van Veenendaal from the National Archives of the Netherlands was elected to join the OPF’s board of directors. I caught up with Remco to find out more about his digital preservation work. Tell us a bit about yourself and your role As digital preservation officer of the National […]

By Becky, posted in Becky's Blog

10th Jul 2018  12:02 PM  81 Reads  No comments

NL-menu was the first Dutch web index. The site was originally founded by a consortium of SURFnet, Dutch universities and the KB. From the mid-nineties onwards it was maintained solely by the KB. NL-menu was discontinued in 2004, after which the site was taken offline. In 2006 the domain name was sold to a private […]

By johan, posted in johan's Blog

24th Apr 2018  5:01 PM  843 Reads  No comments

Kees Teszelszky, curator digital collections Koninklijke Bibliotheek – National Library of The Netherlands   The Web Curator Tool (WCT) is a workflow management application designed for selective web archiving. It was created for use in libraries and other digital heritage collecting organisations, and supports collection by non-technical users while still allowing complete control of the […]

By teszelszky, posted in teszelszky's Blog

17th Apr 2018  12:19 PM  523 Reads  No comments

On March 15, 2018, the second playtest of Preservia took place. Preservia is a new board game about digital preservation. Voorburg Half past five. Together with my colleague Pepijn Lucker, I travel from the National Archives of the Netherlands to Voorburg. Marcel Ras (Digital Heritage Network) lives there and kindly offered to be our host. […]

By RvanVeenendaal, posted in RvanVeenendaal's Blog

21st Mar 2018  3:36 PM  1130 Reads  1 Comment

Motivation When it comes to PDF validation, the world is suddenly very small. Although many digital archives have to deal with PDF (rather than PDF/A, at least not from the start), there is only one PDF-validator that I know of and that’s JHOVE. Having worked with JHOVE for six years now, I feel I know […]

By Yvonne Tunnat, posted in Yvonne Tunnat's Blog

19th Dec 2017  12:29 PM  1604 Reads  3 Comments

On 28 November 2017, the first group of students completed the basic course ‘Learning Digital Preservation’ (Leren Preserveren in Dutch). The thirteen students, working at archives, museums and a ministry, rated the course of the Digital Heritage Network, Het Nieuwe Instituut (HNI) and the Netherlands Coalition for Digital Preservation with an 8 (7.96 out of […]

By RvanVeenendaal, posted in RvanVeenendaal's Blog

13th Dec 2017  3:46 PM  1113 Reads  No comments

Archiving and Digital Preservation require international cooperation. For that reason, but also because we are preparing an application for the Data Seal of Approval (now Core Trust Seal), the National Archives of the Netherlands (NANETH) had several documents translated. Information about NANETH previously only available in Dutch is now also available in English. The English version is a translation […]

By RvanVeenendaal, posted in RvanVeenendaal's Blog

12th Dec 2017  4:23 PM  1406 Reads  1 Comment

Motivation As most of us rely on JHOVE for file format validation, it is important to gain information about the quality of JHOVE’s validation skills – and, if inadequacies are detected, improve JHOVE. This can be done by tool benchmarking, as I already did with JPEG in 2016 and with TIFF earlier this year and […]

By Yvonne Tunnat, posted in Yvonne Tunnat's Blog

5th Dec 2017  11:49 AM  1072 Reads  2 Comments

No time to wait – Conference on Open Source Software in (Digital) Archives On 9 / 10 November I was able to attend the “No Time to Wait 2”, a conference on open source software in (film) archives held at the Austrian Film Museum in Vienna. In contrast to the first “No Time to Wait” […]

By friedrichsenm, posted in friedrichsenm's Blog

4th Dec 2017  4:08 PM  1007 Reads  No comments