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While the digital preservation challenge is caused by technology, it is not solved by technology. Many research projects started out with the ambition to devise a technology solution (migration, emulation, encapsulation, etc.) and many memory institutions thought it would suffice to apply the R&D results: the methods and associated tools. However, it has become clear […]

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28th Apr 2013  4:18 PM  14813 Reads  No comments

  Organisational readiness for Open Source The demand for mature tools and services that support the digital preservation process is strong and growing stronger – and for a good reason. Sure, a substantial number of research and grant-funded projects have delivered software and tools – and these tools are freely available on SourceForge, in accordance […]

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28th Jan 2013  12:09 AM  19127 Reads  8 Comments

Blog – Learning by doing in digital preservation Libraries, archives and museums have been extremely successful in preserving centuries old paper-based, cultural and scientific heritage. How well are they doing with the growing and rapidly ageing digital-based heritage? This question has been haunting us (the digital preservation community) for a while now, even though the […]

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4th Jan 2013  3:48 PM  19479 Reads  4 Comments

A very concise and compact report from Ricky Erway, OCLC Research,  http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2012/2012-06r.html Ricky’s report addresses some of the very basic challenges in Digital Preservation in the real world. Are you sure that your organization adressed these issues already, can you tick all the boxes, provide tangible proof and evidence that your systems and workflow fully […]

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31st Aug 2012  2:29 PM  11624 Reads  No comments

Emulation as a preservation strategy for memory institutions has been researched since Jeff Rothenberg’s article in Scientific American Magazine (1995). The strategy relies on emulating hard- and/or software that has become obsolete. Rendering a digital work by emulating the original platform for which it was originally created has the preservation benefit of recreating the (near)original […]

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27th Aug 2012  7:14 PM  12690 Reads  No comments

From its inception it has been part of the OPF’s vision that meaningful discussions around Digital Preservation problems are key to finding solutions, tools and ultimately improving digital preservation practices. A granular understanding of today’s actual challenges, rather than looking at hypothetical problems is our preferred approach. The OPF promotes interaction between Practitioners and Techies […]

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27th Oct 2011  12:25 PM  14440 Reads  No comments

Already a couple of weeks ago we had a hackathon in Cologne. Hospitality and location of the University of Cologne contributed a lot to the success of this event. Thanks to Manfred Thaller and Lisa Rau everything was perfectly organized. Thanks a lot Manfred and Lisa! With the experience of previous hack-events (the first OPF […]

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20th Sep 2011  11:11 AM  12667 Reads  No comments

Over the last weeks at several events Paul Wheatley of the British Library showed examples of bit rot in an image collection of the BL. Planets did lots of R&D into preservation and long term access and provided background and breakthrough thinking on many of the technical challenges. But Paul’s tenacity on this subject bit […]

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28th Feb 2011  4:34 PM  29637 Reads  No comments

http://www.dev8d.org/ For preservation and beyond, broad and reliable format identification has proven to be a critical shared problem across many institutions. Recent discussions on the OPF blogs have illustrated this point, and showed that we all like using DROID and Fido but would also like to improve them. The main challenge is to improve the coverage and quality of the signature […]

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11th Feb 2011  8:16 AM  13859 Reads  No comments

A couple of weeks ago we announced the market research into the potential of Digital Preservation Practices and Tools outside its traditional market Libraries and Archives. Last week the report was presented to an audience consisting of the business school examination board and the customer (OPF, Adam Farquhar and myself). Both Adam and I where […]

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16th Dec 2010  10:57 AM  12704 Reads  No comments