We participate in national and international projects to develop software, services and best practice which benefit our members. We have supported projects by providing shared infrastructure for collaboration and by providing a sustainable home for project outputs.

Planets (Preservation and Long-term Access through NETworked Services) was a four-year digital preservation project co-funded by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme. The  project ran from 2006 – 2010 and built practical tools and services to help ensure long-term access to digital cultural and scientific assets. The Planets project founded the Open Planets […]

Overview: Digital preservation systems generally lack a common and consistent way to describe and execute preservation policies and actions. For example, Archivematica’s Format Policy Register (FPR) and Preservica’s Linked Data Registry (LDR) both define what tools and rules to use, but they are not interoperable. Technical information cannot be shared between the two solutions and […]

veraPDF  is an open source conformance checker for PDF/A files. It is designed to help archives and libraries check that their PDF/A collections conform to the appropriate ISO 19005 archiving standard specification. Ensuring files adhere to the standard is an important step towards providing long term preservation for and access to digital assets. veraPDF is […]

SCAPE (SCAlable Preservation Environments) developed new software and extended existing tools to enhance their scalability performance for the preservation of large scale and heterogeneous datasets. The project ran from February 2011 and closed in September 2014. It was co-funded by the European Commission. The full list of SCAPE tools with links to further information and […]

The SPRUCE (Sustainable Preservation Using Community Engagement) project was a partnership between the University of Leeds, the British Library, the Digital Preservation Coalition, the London School of Economics and the Open Preservation Foundation. The co-funded Jisc project ran from October 2011 to November 2013. SPRUCE aimed to support digital preservation in UK higher education and […]

AQuA (Automating Quality Assurance) was a JISC funded collaboration between: University of Leeds, University of York, British Library, and the OPF. Two AQuA events brought together digital preservation practitioners, collection curators and technical experts to present problematic digital collections, articulate requirements for their validation, and apply tools to automate the detection and identification of preservation […]

The Preservation Health Check project is led by OCLC in collaboration with the OPF and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. The project aims to evaluate the usefulness of the preservation metadata created and maintained by operational repositories for assessing basic preservation properties. A report presenting the preliminary findings of its Phase 1 investigation of preservation […]