File format registry report released

File format registry report released

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’ that will enable organisations worldwide to contribute and share information about file formats, while maintaining the ability to make independent and local decisions about preservation policies.

Please take a look and tell us what you think – leave a comment here or send me a mail  ([email protected]).

The document explains the reasons why we think a new approach to file format registries is required and outlines the main requirements for such a registry.  Our plan for the rest of 2011 is to start putting some of this into action: see the ‘Planning’ section of the report for details.

Most importantly, we’d like to ask for your input and contributions to this process:

  • please review the document and give us your feedback to help us refine our plans

  • consider whether the registry ecosystem we propose would be a good match to the needs of your institution

  • let us know if you would like to participate in making this idea a reality and what you could contribute.

  • We’re hoping for the usual insightful and thought-provoking comments from the readers of the OPF blog!


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