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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  222 Reads  No 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  549 Reads  No comments

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  117 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  244 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  428 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  879 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  344 Reads  No comments

The second JHOVE online hack day took place on 27 April. Once again, we were delighted to be joined by volunteers from around the world to help improve both the software and supporting documentation. During the hack day, participants: continued to add explanations to the error messages spreadsheet; reviewed and extended the documentation; fixed a […]

By Carl Wilson, posted in Carl Wilson's Blog

9th May 2017  1:25 PM  433 Reads  No comments

The development work on an imaging/ripping workflow for optical media is shaping up steadily, and you can expect a write-up with more information about our software and hardware setup here in the near future (you can get a sneak peek here). However, this blog is about a very specific problem that we ran into while […]

By johan, posted in johan's Blog

25th Apr 2017  2:07 PM  632 Reads  3 Comments

On April 11, 2017, the National Archives of the Netherlands (NANETH) and Het Utrechts Archief (HUA), held a workshop about the preservation tools PRONOM, DROID and JHOVE. Annelot Vijn (Application Manager Department of Archives at HUA) and I, Remco van Veenendaal (Preservation Advisor at NANETH), prepared the programme, and I led the workshop. Starting with […]

By RvanVeenendaal, posted in RvanVeenendaal's Blog

14th Apr 2017  12:13 PM  449 Reads  No comments