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Presented here is a tool that will create a 'rogues gallery' out of any digital collection for which you have a DROID report for (alternatively, soon, a Siegfried report for). The tool was presented at a recent OPF Webinar, Preservation in Practice: Archives New Zealand; slides here. And was created by myself and Andrea K. […]

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

25th Aug 2015  9:44 AM  674 Reads  No comments

Abstract() This blog discusses what we have available in our toolkit for contributing more signatures to PRONOM for the benefit of the digital preservation community. It also discusses the potential issues we need to work around in the short time we have between controlled PRONOM releases. The blog outlines an idea for a temporary, federated […]

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

11th Aug 2015  10:59 AM  737 Reads  1 Comment

This is the second and final instalment of a 2-part blog on the use of PDF/A validators for identifying preservation risks in PDF. You can read the first part here. In Part 1 I showed how PDF/A validators can be used to identify preservation risks in a PDF. I illustrated this with an example that […]

By johan, posted in johan's Blog

8th Jul 2015  1:32 PM  420 Reads  No comments

This is the first instalment of a 2-part blog. It was prompted by the upcoming Digital Preservation Coalition briefing When is a PDF not a PDF?, for which I was asked to prepare a presentation. My initial idea was to give an overview of the work we did on PDF preservation risk assessment using a […]

By johan, posted in johan's Blog

7th Jul 2015  12:45 PM  656 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 […]

By Carl Wilson, posted in Carl Wilson's Blog

3rd Jul 2015  2:57 PM  361 Reads  No comments

  On Thursday 28 May we welcomed our members to the fifth Annual General Meeting of the OPF, kindly hosted by the Austrian Institute of Technology in Vienna. The meeting was well-attended, and we also had a live link for those who could not attend in person.This year we ran a parallel technical track for […]

By Becky, posted in Becky's Blog

1st Jun 2015  4:02 PM  433 Reads  No comments

Siegfried v 1.0 is now available at http://www.itforarchivists.com/siegfried. Siegfried is a PRONOM-based file format identification tool. Key features are: complete implementation of PRONOM (byte and container signatures) reliable results (siegfried is tested against Ross Spencer’s skeleton suite and QA tested against DROID and FIDO output using http://github.com/richardlehane/comparator) fast matching without limiting the number of bytes […]

By Richard, posted in Richard's Blog

25th Mar 2015  5:02 AM  870 Reads  No comments

The CINES is a French centre whose one of its main missions is digital archiving. The team in charge of this task is made up of archivists, developers and files formats experts. They have developed a platform called PAC (Plateforme d’Archivage du CINES for Archiving Platform of the CINES) through which users can check their […]

By Franklin Boumda, posted in Franklin Boumda's Blog

29th Jan 2015  4:07 PM  1404 Reads  1 Comment

A little while ago I introduced a new file format identification tool, siegfried, on this blog. Since then, I’ve been refining the tool, with a goal of a 1.0 release early next year (probably around March). I hope you don’t mind the occasional update about my progress on this blog. One of my goals with […]

By Richard, posted in Richard's Blog

12th Dec 2014  12:34 PM  816 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 […]

By Carl Wilson, posted in Carl Wilson's Blog

3rd Dec 2014  3:36 PM  886 Reads  No comments