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Content is King.  The key to a good file format registry is not software; it’s not user interface; it’s not governance. The key is content, content, content.  We will all win if we have a registry whose content is usable, accurate, and comprehensive. I have a challenge for developers in the digital preservation community: can […]

By adam farquhar, posted in adam farquhar's Blog

10th Nov 2010  10:02 AM  15837 Reads  No comments

I’ve just started a small assignment for the OPF to investigate the options for a new file format registry, part of the toolbox needed for long-term preservation of digital material by archives, libraries and other memory institutions. This initiative was kicked off and sponsored by the National Archives of the Netherlands, and is now in […]

By Bill Roberts, posted in Bill Roberts's Blog

4th Nov 2010  7:45 PM  16974 Reads  No comments

Fido is a simple format identification tool for digital objects that uses Pronom signatures. It converts signatures into regular expressions and applies them directly. Fido is free, Apache 2.0 licensed, easy to install, and runs on Windows and Linux.  Most importantly, Fido is very fast. In a subsequent post, I’ll describe the implementation in more […]

By adam farquhar, posted in adam farquhar's Blog

3rd Nov 2010  7:57 AM  31723 Reads  No comments

A couple of people have asked me if my experiments with Pronom and Fido would have been easier if Pronom had been available as RDF or LinkedData.  The short answer to this question is ‘no’.  Let me explain why. Parsing the Pronom XML is actually very easy.  The schema is straightforward and easy to understand.  […]

By adam farquhar, posted in adam farquhar's Blog

1st Nov 2010  12:05 PM  11692 Reads  No comments

Last time, I discussed Pronom and Droid. We had a quick look at the compiled (nearly unreadable) pattern information that the Droid signature file holds and the uncompiled (but still hard to read) representation that is stored in Pronom. In this post, I’ll run through the Pronom pattern language, show how to get access to […]

By adam farquhar, posted in adam farquhar's Blog

27th Oct 2010  10:03 AM  12433 Reads  No comments

Pronom and Droid, developed primarily at the National Archives (TNA) of the United Kingdom, have been a key contribution to the digital preservation community. Pronom is a registry of information about file formats. The TNA provides access to the Pronom registry on-line at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/PRONOM and maintains the information. Droid is a software application that uses […]

By adam farquhar, posted in adam farquhar's Blog

22nd Oct 2010  8:58 AM  12986 Reads  No comments

Last Thursday (September 23) during Ipres, I attended the workshop ‘Greater than the sums of our parts’, about collaboration. Lively discussions about sharing information and how we can build a collaborating community. Maybe we need to take the recent news about PADI stopping its information sharing services as a “lessons learned”? Ipres collaboration View more […]

By bram van der werf, posted in bram van der werf's Blog

27th Sep 2010  7:10 AM  11855 Reads  No comments

Coming soon…OPF Practitioners & Developers Hackathon, November 15, 2010 User & Practitioner Requirement Workshop November 16,17, 2010 Developers Hackaton At the International Institute of Social History,Amsterdam, The Netherlands    

By bram van der werf, posted in bram van der werf's Blog

26th Sep 2010  9:05 AM  11695 Reads  No comments

The problem of preserving content in digital form has received widespread attention in the cultural heritage sector, and within the scientific research, higher education sector and beyond. Starting in the early 1990s within the digital library community it is now a recognized problem in business as well. For example personnel records and legal documents may […]

By bram van der werf, posted in bram van der werf's Blog

17th Sep 2010  8:37 AM  11338 Reads  No comments

The PREMIS Editorial Committee decided at their last meeting to flesh out the current PREMIS “intellectual entities” entity and is inclined to treat it as a type of “preservation object” as was suggested in the Planets model. This is a simple and elegant solution which increases the scope of PREMIS but not the size of the […]

By Angela, posted in Angela's Blog

23rd Aug 2010  11:35 AM  15007 Reads  No comments