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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

Through the Jisc funded Filling the Digital Preservation Gap project the Universities of York and Hull have been investigating how research data created within their institutions might be preserved using Archivematica. This webinar will provide an insight into the project. The Universities initially investigated Archivematica to assess its potential for use in this scenario. Having concluded it is a suitable solution, they then worked with […]

By Becky, posted in Becky's Blog

27th Feb 2017  2:00 PM  0 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  1629 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  1478 Reads  No comments

Becoming more confident in the low-level encoding, it is time to look at the reproduction of actual bit streams. Our current knowledge, together with the directory listing, strongly suggests an HP system of the 1980s.  The call for input brought up some more information on possible disk formats. A colleague (in another city) who worked […]

By Denise de Vries, posted in Denise de Vries's Blog

28th Sep 2016  5:37 PM  795 Reads  No comments

The story so far An 8″ Floppy Disk Challenge Digital Obsolescence: Reproducing Floppy Data Cables Spinning up the first 8″ disk Running more informed experiments in the 8″ world Getting desperate: Down to the Physical Layer After confirming as well as we could that our hardware setup of the 8” drive and the adapters was […]

By Denise de Vries, posted in Denise de Vries's Blog

14th Sep 2016  1:45 PM  1629 Reads  3 Comments

Inspired by Jenny Micham’s blog post about developing her first file format signature, I thought it would be fun to take a crack at creating one myself. I previously dipped my toe into the world of contributing to PRONOM by looking at a few mis-identifications and multi-identifications, but I had yet to create a file […]

By Andrea Byrne, posted in Andrea Byrne's Blog

8th Sep 2016  9:14 AM  1640 Reads  4 Comments

At Archives New Zealand we were finding ‘WAVE’ files becoming a bottleneck of one of our ingest processes. The result initially looked odd to me where I had thought I had understood in the past that file format identification would not take longer to divine than a checksum. My rationale being that to identify a […]

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

22nd Aug 2016  8:15 AM  1253 Reads  2 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  1890 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  2324 Reads  No comments