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At the Goportis Digital Preservation Summit in Hamburg last week, I had the pleasure on behalf of the Open Planets Foundation of chairing a very productive workshop on the ‘Format Registry Ecosystem’. I had the chance to present the recent work of the OPF and National Archives of the Netherlands work in this area (see […]

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26th Oct 2011  2:27 PM  15606 Reads  No comments

Chris Rusbridge recently kicked off a discussion about where to find information about some old file formats – he was finding it very difficult to find what he needed. Readers of this blog might find his article interesting: http://unsustainableideas.wordpress.com/2011/08/05/so-what-was-that-twitter-rant-against-pronom-all-about/

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9th Aug 2011  10:33 AM  12532 Reads  No comments

OK, not really the answers, just more questions!  But a few weeks back I sent round a draft of a registry guidelines document, asking for feedback.  I had included in that document a list of questions that we needed to consider and this post presents some of the answers I received, plus some answers I […]

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21st Jul 2011  2:03 PM  14514 Reads  No comments

I was recently re-reading a Planets project report from 2008, ‚ÄúRepresentation Information Registries‚ÄĚ by Adrian Brown (PC/3-D7 if that means anything to you). It has a nice summary of the purpose of representation information registries that I thought was worth sharing: (extract in italics). Efficiency of description: Representation information forms a substantial element of the […]

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20th Jul 2011  2:27 PM  12254 Reads  No comments

The National Archives of the Netherlands have been looking at approaches to preservation of databases for some time, going back at least as far as the Digital Preservation Testbed project (2000-2003).  More recently – in May 2010 – we prepared a case study on database preservation as part of the PLANETS project.  Prompted by recent discussions […]

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12th Jul 2011  1:15 PM  68032 Reads  No comments

I mentioned in this recent post that the next step for our work at the Nationaal Archief on representation information registries was to prepare a set of guidelines on publishing representation information, with the aim of making sure that we can easily make use of each other’s published knowledge. A couple of weeks ago I […]

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16th Jun 2011  1:13 PM  14430 Reads  No comments

On 13 and 14 April 2011 I took part in the UDFR Stakeholder meeting in Washington DC.  The UDFR team had invited around 25 people, mainly from the institutions represented on the UDFR governing body, plus a few others including me, representing the National Archives of the Netherlands and OPF.  The UDFR team presented their progress […]

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12th May 2011  10:33 AM  15881 Reads  No comments

Dave Tarrant of Southampton University (with co-authors Steve Hitchcock and Les Carr) has recently published a paper in the International Journal of Digital Curation: “Where the Semantic Web and Web 2.0 Meet Format Risk Management: P2 Registry“. This describes the work Dave has done on creating a Linked Data registry (‘P2’) to hold information about […]

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16th Mar 2011  10:44 AM  14446 Reads  No comments

A couple of months ago I reported on this blog that the OPF was beginning a project to investigate options for a new approach to file format registries.  We’ve just released the second report of this activity: “A New Registry for Digital Preservation: Conceptual Overview“. (330kB PDF); It explains our vision of a ‘registry ecosystem’ […]

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15th Feb 2011  11:42 AM  15999 Reads  No comments

I’ve just started a small assignment for the OPF to investigate the options for a new file format registry, part of the toolbox needed for long-term preservation of digital material by archives, libraries and other memory institutions. This initiative was kicked off and sponsored by the National Archives of the Netherlands, and is now in […]

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4th Nov 2010  7:45 PM  17973 Reads  No comments