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This blog post is introducing CiTAR – Citing and Archiving Research, a three year Baden-Württemberg state project, which is developing infrastructure to support computer assisted research. One major outcome of this project are means to publish, cite and provide long-term access to virtual research environments.

By Klaus Rechert, posted in Klaus Rechert's Blog

12th Dec 2018  1:52 PM  2608 Reads  2 Comments

I’m happy to announce that we have received funding for the preservation  of Australian videogames of the 1990s. This is a joint research project with Flinders University (South Australia),  RMIT University (Victoria), Swinburne University (Victoria), Australian Centre for the Moving Image, AARNet P/L,  UNESCO PERSIST and OpenSLX GmbH. This project aims to document, preserve, and […]

By Denise de Vries, posted in Denise de Vries's Blog

3rd Dec 2018  4:07 AM  1149 Reads  No comments

In September of this year, I presented my PhD research at a musicology conference in Oxford. On the train home to York, I received an invitation for a second interview with the OPF, which included a task to give a presentation on managing a project to extend the functionality of veraPDF for an additional PDF […]

By Charlotte Armstrong, posted in Charlotte Armstrong's Blog

29th Nov 2018  10:54 AM  1158 Reads  No comments

For our Autumn Newsletter, we spoke to Micky Lindlar, an OPF director, and highly active member of the digital preservation community: Tell us a bit about yourself and your role I am a Technical Analyst at TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology, which functions as the German National Subject Library for Science […]

By Becky McGuinness, posted in Becky McGuinness's Blog

2nd Nov 2018  2:18 PM  2501 Reads  No comments

Significant Significant Properties At iPres 2018 in Boston, we presented our work on ‘Significant Significant Properties’ (SSP): those properties of information types that most digital preservation practitioners find significant in most contexts. Or, as we explained it in our ‘Minute Madness’ presentation: When you prepare a meal, you need to be aware of ingredients most of us […]

By RvanVeenendaal, posted in RvanVeenendaal's Blog

3rd Oct 2018  2:58 PM  2130 Reads  No comments

By Iris Geldermans (Intern June – August 2018 at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek | National Library of the Netherlands) Original text: For the past three months, I have worked as an intern at the KB | National Library to form a collection of Dutch weblogs for the webarchive called the NL-blogosfeer (Dutch Blogosphere). During this […]

By teszelszky, posted in teszelszky's Blog

17th Sep 2018  1:44 PM  1143 Reads  No comments

Technical provenance metadata is metadata that details technical changes that have been to a file during its life. Note that this does not detail changes made across versions of a file, but to the file itself. Within the National Library of New Zealand systems environment, we have no single natural home for technical provenance information […]

By Jay Gattuso, posted in Jay Gattuso's Blog

6th Sep 2018  9:49 PM  1583 Reads  4 Comments

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) are keen to engage with the digital preservation community for comment on their draft Web Publications standard ( – a possible parent specification for future EPUBs. They would like to ensure that this specification, and future Web Publications based on it, are well prepared for archival. This is an […]

By Peter May, posted in Peter May's Blog

23rd Aug 2018  9:23 AM  1622 Reads  4 Comments

The following is a guest post by the iPRES2018 Social Media Team. The interview was led by Michelle Lindlar with the Ad Hoc Programming Coordinators, Nancy McGovern and Maureen Pennock iPRES – the International Conference on Digital Preservation – is the premier and longest-running conference series on digital preservation. The 15th anniversary of the conference series […]

By Micky Lindlar, posted in Micky Lindlar's Blog

27th Jul 2018  10:42 AM  1208 Reads  No comments

General thoughts on file format identification File format identification is a big and complex topic. And somehow emotional. Whenever and wherever I speak about File Format Identification, there is always some well-meaning person that says: “That’s not format identification. It will only be if you add validation.” Or, alternatively: “There is no such thing as […]

By Yvonne Tunnat, posted in Yvonne Tunnat's Blog

25th Jul 2018  2:16 PM  2297 Reads  6 Comments