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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

This blog diary captures what the OPF team have been upto. We aim to post updates at least once a fortnight, more regularly when there’s a lot going on. Becky: It’s been a busy month, starting off with our Annual General Meeting on 7-8 June. This year it was kindly hosted by the Bibliothèque nationale […]

By Becky, posted in Becky's Blog

29th Jun 2017  2:19 PM  924 Reads  No comments

This is a relatively long post, so to summarise before delving into the details: We’re exploring Wikidata, the (relatively new) Wikipedia for data, as a knowledge base for digital preservation information and would appreciate feedback and involvement. At Yale University Library we are beginning a new programme of work (with funding from both CLIR and […]

By Euan Cochrane, posted in Euan Cochrane's Blog

30th Sep 2016  9:47 PM  5964 Reads  7 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  1827 Reads  4 Comments

The latest version of siegfried, 1.5.0, has just been released. The big change is support for a second identifier type, freedesktop.org’s Shared MIME-Info specification.

By Richard, posted in Richard's Blog

13th Mar 2016  5:42 AM  2027 Reads  No comments

At my workplace, we write a lot of small scripts to encode preservation workflows. These scripts pipeline simple actions like munging metadata, moving files about, and calling other tools such as Tika and ImageMagick. Often these actions are conditional on the format of the file being processed: for example, we only want to run Tika over the formats for […]

By Richard, posted in Richard's Blog

18th Feb 2016  3:20 AM  2210 Reads  No comments

Abstract() This blog discusses what we have available in our toolkit for contributing more signatures to PRONOM for the benefit of the digital preservation community. It also discusses the potential issues we need to work around in the short time we have between controlled PRONOM releases. The blog outlines an idea for a temporary, federated […]

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

11th Aug 2015  10:59 AM  3125 Reads  3 Comments

While browsing ArchiveTeam's File Formats Wiki earlier this week, I came across some entries I created there on Quattro Pro spreadsheets two years ago. At the time I had also contributed some old Quattro Pro for DOS spreadsheets (here and here) from my personal archives to the OPF format corpus. Seeing those files again, I […]

By johan, posted in johan's Blog

29th Oct 2014  2:59 PM  20312 Reads  2 Comments

Earlier this week I had a discussion with some colleagues about the archiving of mobile phone and tablet apps (iPhone/Android), and, equally important, ways to provide long-term access. The immediate incentive for this was an announcement by a Dutch publisher, who recently published a children's book that is accompanied by its own app. Also, there […]

By johan, posted in johan's Blog

23rd Oct 2014  11:33 AM  11793 Reads  No comments

Anyone willing to preserve digital content must be aware of events that might constitute a relevant risk. In SCAPE we are developing tools that will allow you to detect risks before they cause any irreversible damage. Help us understand the preservation events, threats and opportunities, you find more relevant and the ways you would like […]

By lfaria, posted in lfaria's Blog

30th Jan 2014  10:05 AM  13124 Reads  2 Comments