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Getting started with JHOVE

25th Jan 2019 : 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

This half-day workshop will provide participants with an understanding of what JHOVE does, how to install and configure the software and how to interpret the results.

JHOVE is an open source file format identification, validation and characterisation tool for digital preservation, and part of the OPF reference toolset. It can be used by itself or as part of a digital preservation workflow. It is also embedded in several off-the-shelf digital preservation products.

Who should attend?

This workshop is aimed at beginners, or anyone who is new to JHOVE.

Goals/learning objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of the levels of file format validation and why this is important in digital preservation.
  • Learn how to install and use JHOVE and how to interpret the results. Understand what its capabilities and limitations are.
  • Find out how to report bugs, request features and contribute to improving JHOVE, benefitting the whole community.


Carl Wilson, Technical Lead, Open Preservation Foundation


08:50 Coffee and registration
09:15 Welcome and lightning talks
A brief history of JHOVE
Why do we validate file formats? (Policy and Practice)
Where JHOVE can fit into your workflow
09:45 Installing and configuring and running JHOVE
11:00 Coffee break
11:30 Interpreting the results: what do they mean?
12:15 How can I contribute?
12:45 JHOVE Roadmap plans and wrap up
13:00 Close


Priority registration is open to OPF members. Charter members are invited to register up to five participants free of charge, affiliate members can register for one place free of charge. Please use the link and code distributed to the members mailing list to apply the discount.

Any remaining places will be open to the community from 1 January. The registration fee for non-members is €50.00.

Please note due to the practical nature of this workshop, we are limiting registration to 25 places.

Registration is now closed.


25th Jan 2019
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Open Preservation Foundation


National Library of the Netherlands
Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 5
2595 The Hague, Netherlands
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