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OPF has established a Technical and Architecture Advisory Board to provide technical leadership to member organisations and to offer technical advice to the OPF Board of Directors. The Technical Board comprises Senior Developers and Architects from member organisations.They have a keen interest in engaging the developer community and actively participating in the decision-making processes to […]

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

2nd Dec 2010  8:39 PM  11592 Reads  No comments

Before I started with format editing, I realized that it would be very simple to implement cool URLs for file formats. The only difficulty was that Tapestry associates pages with Java classes, and “x-fmt” is not an allowed Java class name. This meant implementing URL re-directs, which is a special topic in Tapestry. Tapestry does […]

By Ross King, posted in Ross King's Blog

29th Nov 2010  4:02 PM  11104 Reads  No comments

Last week I was at home in bed for four days with a bad back. I could not really type, but I could browse, so I did have an opportunity to catch up on the recent OPF blog entries. I was particularly interested in the discussions regarding a new Format Registry. I am an amateur […]

By Ross King, posted in Ross King's Blog

24th Nov 2010  10:27 AM  10939 Reads  No comments

Big big thank you to the IISH for hosting and supporting the OPF Hackathon. We had more people attending then originally planned and IISH really helped out in every aspect, their flexibility with regards to meeting rooms and catering was absolutely fantastic. Venue and facilities where perfect for our event, as was hospitality and support […]

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

18th Nov 2010  8:23 AM  11188 Reads  No comments

One of my favourite parts of the Planets project was the service developers’ workshops. The events brought together the developers from across the project (and from outside too). In each and every one, it was always clear that the people in that room really cared about this stuff, and really wanted to push things forward […]

By Andy Jackson, posted in Andy Jackson's Blog

17th Nov 2010  1:16 PM  10818 Reads  No comments

I’m not at the OPF Hackathon this week in the Netherlands, and I’ll admit to being slightly envious of those who are!  The idea behind the Hackathon is to bring practioners and developers together for some intense exchange of goals and ideas, collect use cases, show each other tools and approaches, and do some quality […]

By adam farquhar, posted in adam farquhar's Blog

17th Nov 2010  10:01 AM  11164 Reads  No comments

OPF foresees a potential market in commercial industry once awareness and subsequently compliance on long-term access become reality. This will have immediate impact on policies, practices and workflow in major enterprises. Major changes in compliance and change in industry are often driven by the major business consultancy firms such as IBM Global Services (formerly Price […]

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

11th Nov 2010  8:32 PM  11227 Reads  No comments

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  15924 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  17073 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  31807 Reads  No comments