Open sustainable digital preservation


Our first online Hack Week of 2019 will take place 8-12 April We invite you to join contributors around the world to help improve JHOVE, an open source file format validation tool for digital preservation. We have extended the event format from a day to a week to make it easier for people to join […]

The first release candidate for JHOVE 1.22 is now available for community testing at: JHOVE is an open source file format identification, validation and characterisation tool for digital preservation, and part of the OPF reference toolset. The major new features of this release are the addition of error IDs and the separation of modules […]

We are pleased to announce that the Early Bird Registration for iPRES 2019 is now open. This year the 16th International Conference on Digital Preservation will visit Amsterdam in The Netherlands (September 16 – 20), with the Dutch Digital Heritage Network as your host. Register now to secure your place and to benefit from the early bird […]


19 Mar

Take a look at the OPF webinar programme for the year. We will continue to add more webinars to the programme as they are confirmed. We welcome contributions from the community, so please get in touch if you would like to present your work. OPF members have access to priority registration and any remaining places […]

19 Mar

As Virtual and Augmented Reality become part of the artists’ toolkit, museums and galleries are tackling the issue of how to collect, preserve and curate Virtual Reality artworks, ensuring they have a life beyond the present. Vanishing Point: The Curation and Preservation of Virtual Reality is a one-day conference that brings together industry experts from […]

20 Mar

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 […]


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 […]