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Following on from Notes from ‘Shaping our future memory standards’ the final PREFORMA conference, day 1, here are my notes from day 2: Monika Hagedorn-Saupe from the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation was the first speaker on day 2 of the conference. She spoke about the ‘Situation and perspectives for digital preservation among cultural heritage institutions’. […]

By Becky, posted in Becky's Blog

1st Nov 2017  9:04 AM  326 Reads  No comments

I wasn’t at iPres this year where the Foundation was represented by our new Executive Director, Martin Wrigley. One paper I was interested in was “PDF/A considered harmful for digital preservation” by Marco Klindt of Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB). If you’re interested in PDF/A and haven’t read it you should, it’s well researched and presents […]

By Carl Wilson, posted in Carl Wilson's Blog

26th Oct 2017  10:29 AM  889 Reads  No comments

Related to my work exploring hyperlinks in documentary heritage – something I feel we’ll be taking care of for a long time – I created a hyperlink extract tool called tikalinkextract. Put simply – the tool will take your collection of files, extract the intellectual content using Apache Tika, and then analyse that content for […]

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

21st Oct 2017  1:12 PM  665 Reads  No comments

The final conference of the PREFORMA project ‘Shaping our future memory standards’ was held at the National Library of Estonia in Tallinn last week. It was well-attended and had a nice balance of presentations, panels and demonstrations. Presentations from the conference are already online, and the event was recorded. Day 1 Participants were welcomed by […]

By Becky, posted in Becky's Blog

20th Oct 2017  1:43 PM  479 Reads  No comments

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  1130 Reads  10 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  809 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  933 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  1494 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  1325 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  425 Reads  No comments