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On 13 June 2017, the OPF held a webinar called ‘PRONOM in Practice’: http://openpreservation.org/event/pronom-in-practice/ (login required). The presenters (David Clipsham, Jenny Mitcham, and Justin Simpson) gave an introduction to PRONOM, an online file format registry maintained by The National Archives in the UK, and described how to create new PRONOM signatures and submit them to the Registry. Following on from […]

By Becky, posted in Becky's Blog

16th Nov 2017  4:00 PM  0 Reads  No comments

FIDO (Format Identification for Digital Objects) is a command-line tool maintained by the OPF and used for identification of digital files based on their PRONOM signature. This webinar will provide an update on the FIDO project by outlining recent improvements to the tool. We will also discuss: Why is format identification so important? What are […]

By Becky, posted in Becky's Blog

10th May 2016  4:00 PM  0 Reads  No comments

Here's a little newsbulletin about FIDO, the open source file format identification tool of OPF. It seems that the use of FIDO is growing the last few months. I am getting responses by e-mail and through the Github issuetracker from all over the world, ranging from requests for help, giving suggestions for improvement and even […]

By TechMaurice, posted in TechMaurice's Blog

18th Sep 2013  10:27 AM  17446 Reads  No comments

Last year (2012) the KB released a report on the suitability of the EPUB format for archival preservation. A substantial number of EPUB-related developments have happened since then, and as a result some of the report's findings and conclusions have become outdated. This applies in particular to the observations on EPUB 3, and the support […]

By johan, posted in johan's Blog

23rd May 2013  2:23 PM  16270 Reads  No comments

“Characterization” can mean many things (I’m particularly fond, especially in this context, of the OED’s “creation of a fictitious character or fictitious characters”). Back in October Paul Wheatley suggested that digital preservation practitioners needed “better characterisation” and defined this as enabling them to determine the condition, content and value of digital records prior to ingest […]

By pixelatedpete, posted in pixelatedpete's Blog

15th Mar 2013  12:23 PM  13878 Reads  1 Comment

Last week I had the honour to host the OPF Webinar "Digital Preservation at your command, part II". During the Webinar attendees were shown the difference and/or similarities between the command line interfaces of MS DOS, Linux and Apple. Here is a short summary of the Webinar:* Comparison of command line interfaces (MS DOS, Linux, […]

By TechMaurice, posted in TechMaurice's Blog

4th Feb 2013  6:05 PM  11093 Reads  No comments

Task: I primarily wanted to get an understanding of SPARQL queries and how they can be used to query linked data. As a focus for my work, I set myself a challenge to get Fido working using signatures from the UDFR registry. Solution: The code (available on GitHub) has two python scripts. The first, UDFR_wrapper.py, provides a […]

By Peter May, posted in Peter May's Blog

10th Sep 2012  9:51 AM  14374 Reads  1 Comment

The National Library of Australia has just completed a small project to investigate and test a number of software tools of interest to digital preservation activities. The result of this project was an internal report describing the tests and the results, and giving some recommendations about the potential for using these tools in a planned replacement of […]

By matthewh, posted in matthewh's Blog

12th Aug 2012  11:30 PM  15784 Reads  No comments

The Scape Characterisation Tool Testing Suite This information have also been published in the Scape Deliverable D9.1.  We have created a testing framework based on the Govdocs1 digital Corpora (http://digitalcorpora.org/corpora/files), and are using the characterisation results from Forensic Innovations, Inc. ((http://www.forensicinnovations.com/), as ground truths. The framework we used for this evaluation can be found on  […]

By blekinge, posted in blekinge's Blog

23rd Feb 2012  9:09 AM  25055 Reads  4 Comments

The new FIDO (Format Identification for Digital Objects) is here, version 0.9.6. Improvements: reports if match is based on signature, extension or no match (fail) reports if file is empty (to stderr) reporting of mime-types fixed (special thanks to Derek Higgins) shows help upon invocation without arguments PDF signatures updated from PRONOM files, due to […]

By TechMaurice, posted in TechMaurice's Blog

4th Oct 2011  1:50 PM  12709 Reads  No comments