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The tech clinic offers OPF members the opportunity to book one-to-one online sessions to discuss any technical aspects of your work. This might include: getting started with OPF tools, e.g. installation and basic usage; help with integrating open source tools into local automated workflows and systems; investigating problems and issues with open source tools; assistance […]

By Becky, posted in Becky's Blog

15th Jun 2017  10:00 AM  0 Reads  No comments

PRONOM is an online file format registry, maintained by The National Archives in the UK. It contains information about approximately 1500 different digital file formats. Identifying file formats in your collection is an essential first step for digital preservation. This webinar will provide an introduction to PRONOM, and explore the different types of file signature […]

By Becky, posted in Becky's Blog

13th Jun 2017  4:00 PM  0 Reads  No comments

The second JHOVE online hack day took place on 27 April. Once again, we were delighted to be joined by volunteers from around the world to help improve both the software and supporting documentation. During the hack day, participants: continued to add explanations to the error messages spreadsheet; reviewed and extended the documentation; fixed a […]

By Carl Wilson, posted in Carl Wilson's Blog

9th May 2017  1:25 PM  327 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  732 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  1223 Reads  1 Comment

On 11th October we held our first JHOVE online hack day. Our aim was to catalogue error messages produced by JHOVE to get a better understanding of their meaning and potential preservation impact. Background: organising an online hack day We have been considering running online hackathons because attending face-to-face events has become more difficult as […]

By Becky, posted in Becky's Blog

19th Oct 2016  10:06 AM  1075 Reads  No comments

BACKGROUND Nearly two and a half years ago, I started an effort for Apache Tika™ to help improve its robustness via TIKA-1302.  Apache Tika™ is an umbrella/wrapper project that “detects and extracts metadata and text from over a thousand different file types (such as PPT, XLS, and PDF).” I documented some of the early work […]

By tallison, posted in tallison's Blog

4th Oct 2016  3:03 PM  1587 Reads  No comments

Jenny Mitcham, Digital Archivist at the University of York started a nice snowball rolling last week when she asked “Research data – what does it really look like?” Paul Young at the National Archives, UK, was one of those to respond, to show that perhaps the snowball had been generating momentum for a number of […]

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

14th Jun 2016  6:43 AM  1569 Reads  No comments

This is the second blog inspired by my visit to colleagues at National Library of Australia, last August. The first, discusses a federated approach to better incorporating custom signatures into the PRONOM signature base without modifying PRONOM. The essence of the blog, however, still centers around how the community can create signatures for itself, and […]

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

7th Jan 2016  7:15 AM  1976 Reads  No comments