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Emulation-as-a-Service (EaaS) has successfully evolved from the bwFLA project since 2011 and is now in production use. However, setting up a new instance without help of the developers was challenging if not painful. Thankfully, a DGF/NEH grant enabled us to work on usability, documentation and novel workflows, to enable a wider audience to use emulation. […]

By klaus, posted in klaus's Blog

15th Sep 2017  1:54 PM  600 Reads  4 Comments

Earlier this year I blogged about Isolyzer, a tool designed to help the detection of broken ISO images. Today I released a shiny new beta version that adds a significant amount of new functionality. Below is an overview of the main changes, followed by some warnings and caveats. Support of more file systems Where previous […]

By johan, posted in johan's Blog

12th Jul 2017  3:06 PM  560 Reads  No comments

This blog diary captures what the OPF team have been upto. We aim to post updates at least once a fortnight, more regularly when there’s a lot going on. Becky: It’s been a busy month, starting off with our Annual General Meeting on 7-8 June. This year it was kindly hosted by the Bibliothèque nationale […]

By Becky, posted in Becky's Blog

29th Jun 2017  2:19 PM  679 Reads  No comments

April’s JHOVE hack day was another great success covering a range of development and non-development tasks; issues and pull requests were closed, sample files were found, user documentation was reviewed, and our knowledge on JHOVE errors was expanded upon. We don’t want the great work achieved this day to stop there though! There’s still plenty […]

By Peter May, posted in Peter May's Blog

22nd Jun 2017  4:04 PM  1177 Reads  3 Comments

Over the last months we’ve been working on the development of a provisional workflow for preserving the content of optical media in our collection. The main result thus far is Iromlab, a custom workflow application that streamlines the imaging and ripping process. This blogpost gives an overview of Iromlab, as well as the reasons why […]

By johan, posted in johan's Blog

19th Jun 2017  1:56 PM  1081 Reads  1 Comment

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, […]

By Carl Wilson, posted in Carl Wilson's Blog

19th Jun 2017  12:49 PM  318 Reads  No comments

On June 7 and 8 2017, the General Annual Meeting of the Open Preservation Foundation was held at the National Library of France in Paris.   While listening to the presentations, talking with the participants and making an inventory of tools, services, workflow software and repository systems, an idea started to grow in my mind. […]

By RvanVeenendaal, posted in RvanVeenendaal's Blog

13th Jun 2017  9:43 AM  460 Reads  No comments

Some four years ago I wrote a blog post that demonstrated how Apache Preflight (the PDF/A validator tool that is part of Apache PDFBox) can be used to detect features in a PDF that are potential preservation risks. A follow-up blog applied Schematron rules to the Preflight output in an attempt at doing policy-based assessments. […]

By johan, posted in johan's Blog

1st Jun 2017  1:53 PM  619 Reads  No comments

Much of the inspiration from this blog came from this source here. According to UNESCO, the authenticity of a record can be jeopardized by: Threats to integrity. Changes to the content of the object itself also potentially damage authenticity. Most such changes stem from threats to the object at a data level. A hyperlink is data. […]

By ross-spencer, posted in ross-spencer's Blog

19th May 2017  3:41 AM  1269 Reads  No comments

Introduction Government departments are connecting their information systems to the e-Depot of the National Archives of the Netherlands (NANETH). The digital archival materials (information objects) coming from these systems (closed cases or other process-bound information) are subsequently preserved in the e-Depot. NANETH’s Service Organization supports the more complex connection projects. These projects are always preceded […]

By RvanVeenendaal, posted in RvanVeenendaal's Blog

17th May 2017  9:06 AM  551 Reads  No comments