The Open Preservation Foundation

sustains technology and knowledge for the long-term management of digital cultural heritage. We provide our members with reliable solutions to the challenges of digital preservation.


The 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Open Preservation Foundation will take place on 22-23 May in Den Haag, Netherlands, kindly hosted by the Nationaal Archief and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek. We invite two representatives from each of our member organisations to join the meeting – please put the dates in your diaries! The AGM […]

OPF member the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) currently has an internship opportunity in Archives and Records Management. Closing date: 18.02.2019 Location: IAEA Headquarters, Vienna, Austria Reference: TAL-MTGS20190110-001 Duration: 12 months Internships The IAEA accepts a limited number of interns each year. The internships are awarded to persons studying towards a university degree or who have recently […]

The Open Preservation Foundation is delighted to welcome CSC – IT Center for Science, Finland as its newest Charter member. CSC is a Finnish non-profit state enterprise with an important role to steer and develop education, science and cultural policy elements for Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture. CSC offers technology and service development solutions […]


25 Feb

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 […]

26 Feb

Following a recent overhaul of the OPF’s Release Management (RM) process, the new and improved system enables the Foundation to manage the tools in the OPF reference toolset with improved consistency and greater transparency. As a result, we are now able to deliver long-term product planning and reliable release plans. This webinar will introduce the […]

05 Mar

A user’s guide to what’s changed in the latest v1.22 JHOVE release, highlights include: permanent identifiers used for reporting JHOVE errors, no more string matching to detect errors; changes to GeoTIFF, TIFF white-balance, and AES audio metadata; and decoupling and full versioning of format modules to allow individual modules to be updated independently of JHOVE. […]


When the KB web archive was launched in 2007, many sites from the “early” Dutch web had already gone offline. As a result, the time period between (roughly) 1992 and 2000 is seriously under-represented in our web archive. To improve the coverage of web sites from this historically important era, we are now looking into […]

Last week, the OPF was kindly hosted by the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB) in The Hague for a busy 48 hours including our Board Meeting and JHOVE workshop.  On 24th January, we met with the Board of Directors, who were able to guide and influence the Foundation’s upcoming activities and outputs. Our packed agenda for the […]

In the previous blogpost we focussed on the preservation of Virtual Machines. In the second part we focus on the preservation of a computational scientific workflow implemented in a common workflow engine as a software container. Container technology (also called operating system virtualization) is promoted as a lightweight alternative to virtual machines, requiring less resources […]