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Organisations that use JHOVE for PDF validation will already be familiar with the number of error messages it reports. The recently released JHOVE v1.16 Release Candidate (RC) includes a couple of my bug fixes for the PDF module which appear to reduce this number significantly. These fixes were the result of investigating “Invalid Page Dictionary Object” errors and […]

By Peter May, posted in Peter May's Blog

10th Mar 2017  2:23 PM  538 Reads  No comments

Two weeks ago our archive interest group (AIG) held their first face to face meeting. We were kindly hosted by the Danish National Archives in Copenhagen. Currently the AIG comprises participants from our three national archive members in Denmark (Rigsarkivet) the Netherlands (Nationaal Archief), and Estonia (Rahvusarhiiv) (new members are welcome). The group has been […]

By Becky, posted in Becky's Blog

24th Feb 2017  9:45 AM  429 Reads  No comments

Many factors contribute to the long-term preservation of and access to digital collections. And typically, the endpoint for this material is a repository—or other type of preservation system. But what happens to content after it is stored? How do digital preservationists ensure that content is correct and valid when ingested as well as remains unchanged […]

By caylinsmith, posted in caylinsmith's Blog

23rd Jan 2017  12:57 PM  891 Reads  1 Comment

  The research question I have never doubted the JHOVE TIFF module. The JHOVE TIFF module is always right. Everybody says so. That’s why nobody uses the myriad alternatives to it, although it’s so easy to write a TIFF validator, I could almost do it myself. But while my colleague Michelle and I are drafting […]

By Yvonne Tunnat, posted in Yvonne Tunnat's Blog

17th Jan 2017  8:40 AM  1405 Reads  4 Comments

In my previous blog post I addressed the detection of broken audio files in an automated workflow for ripping audio CDs. For (data) CD-ROMs and DVDs that are imaged to an ISO image, a similar problem exists: how can we be reasonably sure that the created image is complete? In this blog post I will […]

By johan, posted in johan's Blog

13th Jan 2017  3:30 PM  2615 Reads  5 Comments

At the KB we have a large collection of offline optical media. Most of these are CD-ROMs, but we also have a sizeable proportion of audio CDs. We’re currently in the process of designing a workflow for stabilising the contents of these materials using disk imaging. For audio CDs this involves ‘ripping’ the tracks to […]

By johan, posted in johan's Blog

4th Jan 2017  2:38 PM  813 Reads  3 Comments

As you might know, the PREFORMA project works on one of the main challenges memory institutions are facing nowadays: the long-term preservation of digital data. If your memory institution is working with or is helping to refine open source tools, please share your experiences via this survey. It should take about 20 minutes to complete, and […]

By MelanieImming, posted in MelanieImming's Blog

13th Dec 2016  12:38 PM  529 Reads  No comments

Earlier this week the National Archives of the Netherlands (NANeth) published a report on preferred file formats. It gives an overview of NANeth’s ‘preferred’ and ‘acceptable’ formats for 9 content categories, and also explains the reasoning behind the selected formats. Even though in Dutch language only, the report is well worth a look. However, I […]

By johan, posted in johan's Blog

9th Dec 2016  3:41 PM  1525 Reads  1 Comment

Flashback is a proof of concept project run by the British Library’s Digital Preservation Team. The project is examining specific emulation and migration solutions as methods for preserving digital content held in the Library’s stock on 3.5” and 5.25” disks and on CD and DVDs.  These could be software items but are mainly supplements to […]

By Simon Whibley, posted in Simon Whibley's Blog

2nd Dec 2016  1:54 PM  745 Reads  No comments

Last week I attended the PREFORMA Experience Workshop in Berlin. The Open Preservation Foundation and PDF Association are leading veraPDF. The morning focused on use cases for conformance checkers from memory institutions and the afternoon explored the PREFORMA challenge with an overview of the testing phase which starts in January 2017. This was followed by […]

By Becky, posted in Becky's Blog

2nd Dec 2016  7:31 AM  528 Reads  No comments