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I thought I’d write a few words about the new OPF web site and our immediate plans for it. The new look reflects our new brand and the release alongside our new strategic plan feels like a real milestone. In order to ensure last Mondays launch went smoothly we opted for a reliable initial release […]

By carl, posted in carl's Blog on 24th November 2014 11:30 am

Welcome to our new website! Take a look around – we hope you like it. We are concentrating on the core functionality of the website to begin with. We want to make sure everything is working properly. All the blogs are available to read, and users will be able to post content by tomorrow. We […]

By Becky, posted in Becky's Blog on 17th November 2014 9:53 am

I read Johan's fascinating post this morning about the obsolescence of Quattro Pro formats. In the post he included a set of Quattro Pro spreadsheets and invited others to try to access them using the original software or an old version of Excel. Luckily I have an old version of Quattro Pro available so I thought I'd […]

Euan Cochrane
By Euan Cochrane">Euan Cochrane, posted in Euan Cochrane's Blog on 29th October 2014 6:24 pm

While browsing ArchiveTeam's File Formats Wiki earlier this week, I came across some entries I created there on Quattro Pro spreadsheets two years ago. At the time I had also contributed some old Quattro Pro for DOS spreadsheets (here and here) from my personal archives to the OPF format corpus. Seeing those files again, I […]

By johan, posted in johan's Blog on 29th October 2014 2:59 pm

Earlier this week I had a discussion with some colleagues about the archiving of mobile phone and tablet apps (iPhone/Android), and, equally important, ways to provide long-term access. The immediate incentive for this was an announcement by a Dutch publisher, who recently published a children's book that is accompanied by its own app. Also, there […]

By johan, posted in johan's Blog on 23rd October 2014 11:33 am

Recently at the iPRES 2014 conference in Melbourne I gave a presentation on the SCAPE Preservation Policies.  Not only I explained  the SCAPE  Preservation Policy Model , but I also summarized my findings after analysing 40 real life preservation policies. You can read the detailed information in my article (to be published soon). Basically I […]

Barbara Sierman
By Barbara Sierman, posted in Barbara Sierman's Blog on 20th October 2014 7:30 pm

As part of the scape project, we did a large-scale experiment and evaluation of audio migration using the xcorrSound tool waveform-compare for content comparison in the quality assurance. I did a presentation of the results at the demonstration day at the State and University Library, see the SCAPE Demo Day at Statsbiblioteket blog post by […]

By BoletteJurik, posted in BoletteJurik's Blog on 30th September 2014 10:32 am

Ok. I know what you're thinking. Do we really need another PRONOM-based, file format identification tool? A year or so I might have said "no" myself. In DROID and FIDO, we are already blessed with two brilliant tools. In my workplace, we're very happy users of DROID. We trust it as the reference implementation of […]

By Richard">Richard, posted in Richard's Blog on 27th September 2014 7:52 am

There is a trend in digital preservation circles to question the need for migration.  The argument varies a little from proponent to proponent but in essence, it states that software exists (and will continue to exist) that will read (and perform requisite functions, e.g., render) old formats.  Hence, proponents conclude, there is no need for […]

Rob Sharpe
By Rob Sharpe, posted in Rob Sharpe's Blog on 26th September 2014 3:38 pm

Some time ago Will Palmer, Peter May and Peter Cliff of the British Library published a really interesting paper that investigated three different JPEG 2000 codecs, and their effects on image quality in response to lossy compression. Most remarkably, their analysis revealed differences not only in the way these codecs encode (compress) an image, but […]

By johan, posted in johan's Blog on 26th September 2014 1:06 pm