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26 Mar
27 Mar

Overview Learning to Think Like a Package Maintainer Lots of great digital preservation applications and services exist, however very few are actively maintained and thus preserved! This is a big problem! By introducing the steps to develop these and engage the support of the community, this training course looks at what can be done to improve this situation. Specifically, this training course looks at how to prepare packages for submission into the very heart of many digital environments; the operating…

02 Apr

This event will focus on the issues that managers face when implementing digital preservation in their organisation. It will explore the tension between stable business processes and the introduction of new technologies. Many managers have a responsibility for digital preservation but they are not necessarily a technical expert in the field. Why attend? Meet peers who are managing digital preservation Learn about the approach of others who are embedding digital preservation in business practices Hear about strategic approaches and policies…

09 Jun
13 Jun

The 9th International Conference on Open Repositories was held from 9 to 13 June, 2014 in Helsinki, Finland. The main theme of the conference was “Towards Repository Ecosystems”. It is the leading international conference in its field, with around 400 participants from all around the world. Carl Wilson, our Technical Lead, presented at this conference: Open Preservation

01 Sep
02 Sep

Overview This event will focus on the PDF file format. Participants are encouraged to contribute requirements, for instance sample files with errors or anomalies for investigation. Currently available identification and validation tools will be demonstrated, with the opportunity to compare results using your own collections and identify gaps for future development. OPF members have identified specific tasks for the event: check the validity of the files and whether they are encrypted; perform quality assurance checks after migration, using comparison tools;…

19 Feb
20 Feb

Relational database management systems are one of the essential building blocks of information technology. Ubiquitous but often obscured behind layers of scripting, processing, forms and queries, they are arguably the most important invention of the Twentieth Century. It’s hard to think of a software application or service that does not have some fundamental dependency on database technologies. So it’s surprising that the digital preservation community seems to have spent so little time explicitly considering their preservation. More accurately it’s surprising…

11 Mar

Overview The BitCurator Access project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is developing open-source software that supports the provision of access to data and metadata from disk images. This webinar demonstrates the software developed to date and discusses future development plans, including tools to redact files, file system metadata, and targeted bitstreams within disks or directories. Session  leads Cal Lee and Kam Woods from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina are our…

21 Apr
23 Apr

For the 17th time digital preservation, digital collections access and digital processing experts from around the world will gather. The presentations will be given by leading representatives of the most important institutions dedicated to librarianship, archiving, information technology, cultural and collecting activities. Download Open Community Approaches to Digital Preservation

28 May

This year we ran a technical track in parallel to the managerial sessions at this meeting. The managerial session began with the core business of the meeting, looking back at the past year’s activities and evaluating of our work against the annual plan. The afternoon session focussed on looking forward, and setting priorities for the year ahead. The technical track: * explored our current software portfolio, discussed members needs and planned future roadmapping activities * provided an opportunity for members to present…

29 May

This one-day workshop examined how digital forensics and the use of disk images can support your digital preservation workflows. Supported by expert facilitators Cal Lee and Kam Woods from the University of North Carolina, participants gained hands-on experience using the BitCurator tools including the latest developments with BitCurator Access. The BitCurator Environment is a suite of open source digital forensics and data analysis tools to help collecting institutions (libraries, archives, and museums) process and provide access to born-digital materials.

20 Jul

Practical experiences with archiving PDF files This webinar deals with archiving PDF files. As PDF files in our repository have myriad data producers, the heterogeneity of PDF files is overwhelming. Unfortunately this means the creation of errors as well. Usually, the original data producers cannot be contacted any more, therefore we have to do the best we can with the PDF material. As we ingest PDF files and (almost no) PDF/A-files, the validation is done with JHOVE. JHOVE flags issues…

26 Aug

During March and April 2015 the OPF assumed stewardship of JHOVE after the existing maintainer, Gary McGath, expressed his wish to step down. The OPF’s initial aims were to take ownership of the JHOVE resources and establish sustainable home for the project on GitHub. Following this we’ve updated the build, testing and distribution process for the project. The webinar covers the work that the OPF’s done so far while showing prospective users and developers how they can obtain and use…

24 Sep

Most libraries and archives have already collected large amounts of digital objects, predominantly CDROMs. Some of them are already inaccessible with current systems, most of them will be soon. In this webinar we will present an emulation-based solution for reading-rooms. In particular we will look at: tools for management of large collection, i.e. object characterization, to be prepared for (public) access, workflows and tools for management of runtime environments (software-archive, image-archive) and a technical prototype Session lead Klaus Rechert, University…

13 Oct

veraPDF is developing the definitive open source, file-format validator for all parts and conformance levels of ISO 19005 (PDF/A). The software is designed to meet the needs of memory institutions responsible for preserving digital content for the long term. The webinar covers the work the veraPDF consortium have done so far on PREFORMA project. This includes the initial implementation of the PDF/A-1B validation model, the details on the latest 0.4 code release and plans for upcoming releases. We also discuss…

20 Nov

​Computational nature of digital media requires that we consider both the storage of software and content files and the computational environments in which they can be instantiated. ​In this webinar we will discuss the economic roots of digital obsolescence and the principles on which we can build sustainable services to access and process legacy digital assets. Such services are important to support preservation activities, including selection, characterization, and dissemination of digital assets. We illustrate the technical feasibility for achieving the…

25 Jan

PERICLES sheer curation tools: extraction and encapsulation of significant information from the use environment Overview This webinar will introduce and demonstrate the use of the new PERICLES tools for the extraction and embedding of information. The PET tool is a framework to extract useful information from the environment where digital objects are created and modified. This information supports object use and reuse, for a better long-term preservation of data. The PeriCAT Tool is a framework of Information Encapsulation techniques, which…

11 Feb

As the digital preservation community is increasingly deploying tools into productive environments, the need to systematically evaluate and share evidence about the quality of these tools has become a pressing need. At the Benchmarking Forum at IPRES 2015, researchers, community organizations and practitioners discussed opportunities and challenges in adopting software benchmarking as a systematic tool for evaluating digital preservation tools. Outcomes include an initial set of benchmark specifications for targeted scenarios elaborated jointly during the workshop, and a set of…

31 Mar

Ingest more for less! An expensive part of ingesting digital collections into digital repositories is the quality assurance (QA) phase. Traditionally, data and metadata are quality assured before ingest, to ensure that only data which complies with the repository data formatting and documentation standards is preserved. This webinar will look at the Minimal Effort Approach from the Statsbiblioteket in Denmark. In Minimal Effort Ingest, we postpone the QA of data and metadata until after the data has been ingested and…

10 May

FIDO (Format Identification for Digital Objects) is a command-line tool maintained by the OPF and used for identification of digital files based on their PRONOM signature. This webinar will provide an update on the FIDO project by outlining recent improvements to the tool. We will also discuss: Why is format identification so important? What are some of the other tools that do file format identification? Why is there a need for different methods and tools? What factors are in play…

01 Jun
02 Jun

The seventh Annual General Meeting took place on 1-2 June 2016 at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in The Hague. There was a managerial and a technical track. The managerial session on Day 1 began with the core business of the meeting, and reviewing the past year’s activities against our strategic objectives. Day 2 was an opportunity to discuss member needs, and for them give feedback on new initiatives, and set priorities for the year ahead. The technical track: provided an chance for members to present current…

14 Jun

Programme: 1. Background and context, Börje Justrell (10 mins) 2. The PCP/PPI instrument and how it is implemented in PREFORMA, Antonella Fresa (10 mins) 3. The PREFORMA Challenge, Bert Lemmens (10 mins) 4. How to contribute and next appointments, Claudio Prandoni (10 mins) 5. Q&A Outline: Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) is a competition-like method designed to steer the development of innovative solutions towards concrete public sector needs. These solutions are developed by external suppliers that are awarded a contract through a…

11 Oct

JHOVE is a great tool for validating content, such as PDFs, however much of the validation output given is difficult to understand. The aim of this online hack day is to enhance our knowledge about JHOVE errors – to create descriptions of errors and to identify example files, as well as to start to understand their preservation impact and what can possibly be done about them. How it Works We’ve tried to organise the day to make it as easy…

26 Jan

The tech clinic offers OPF members the opportunity to book one-to-one online sessions to discuss any technical aspects of your work. This might include: getting started with OPF tools, e.g. installation and basic usage; help with integrating open source tools into local automated workflows and systems; investigating problems and issues with open source tools; assistance with open source development best practices; and general software development advice including tutorials for beginners. We welcome suggestions for other topics and ideas. Sessions will…

07 Jun
08 Jun

Save the date! OPF members are invited to attend the 8th Annual General Meeting of the Open Preservation Foundation. This year, the two-day meeting will take place at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris. Minutes Agenda, official business and a year in review Leadership, accounts and looking forward Affiliate members in-kind contribution reports OPF interest groups OPF members showcase Working with solutions providers Breakout sessions

14 Dec

This webinar was organised  in collaboration with the IMAPCT Centre of Competence. Transkribus is a Research Infrastructure for automated transcription, recognition and searching in historical documents – whether they are handwritten or printed, date back to the middle-ages or represent modern writing in Latin, English, Finnish, Arabic or any other character based alphabet. Transkribus is part of the H2020 Project READ (Recognition and Enrichment of Archival Documents). For more information visit: http://transkribus.eu/ http://read.transkribus.eu/ The webinar consists of three building blocks: Demonstration…

12 Apr

Webinar overview The Wikidata knowledge base provides a public infrastructure for machine-readable metadata about computing resources. To optimize the Wikidata knowledge base for digital preservation professionals we need to create additional structured descriptions about file formats and software titles. To facilitate this process, we introduce the Wikidata for Digital Preservation portal. This free software portal allows people to browse, and to contribute data to, the Wikidata knowledge base. The interface guides users in contributing data in alignment with current data…

29 May
30 May

We are pleased to announce that the ninth Annual General Meeting of the Open Preservation Foundation will take place on Tuesday 29 May – Wednesday 30 May 2018 in Tallinn. Documents Minutes Slides Interest Group reports Member showcase Vendor forum

24 Sep
27 Sep

iPRES is the premier and longest-running conference series on digital preservation. Since 2004, we have had annual iPRES conferences in rotation around the globe on four continents so far. Our conference brings together 300-400 scientists, students, researchers, archivists, librarians, providers, and other experts to share recent developments, innovative projects and to collaboratively solve problems. Come celebrate our 15th conference at iPRES 2018 in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts! iPres 2018 was co-hosted by Harvard Library & MIT Libraries. OPF presented our…

22 May
23 May

The 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Open Preservation Foundation will take place on 22-23 May in Den Haag, Netherlands, kindly co-hosted by the Nationaal Archief and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek. We invite two representatives from your organisation to join the meeting – please put the dates in your diaries! The AGM presents an opportunity to review the Foundation’s work over the past year and shape priorities for the year ahead. It is also an occasion to connect with other…