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Archives New Zealand and the University of Freiburg are cooperating on a data recovery project. The archive received a set of 5.25 inch floppy disks from the early 1990s that contained records of a public organization dating back to the mid 1980s. These floppies were not readable in standard X86 machines with a 5,25 inch […]

By Dirk von Suchodoletz, posted in Dirk von Suchodoletz's Blog

3rd Jan 2012  9:37 PM  23729 Reads  No comments

In the Scape project, policies for digital preservation play an important role. The sub project Planning and Watch is especially interested in integrating institutional policies into automated watch and automated planning. But most of the preservation policies are formulated on a very high and often strategic level. They are too general to be used in […]

By Barbara Sierman, posted in Barbara Sierman's Blog

20th Dec 2011  12:44 PM  16155 Reads  No comments

The bwFLA project (Baden-Wuerttemberg Functional Longterm Archiving and Access) is a two-year state sponsored project with the goal of defining and providing a practical implementation of archival workflows for the rendering of digital objects (i.e. easily accessed by users) in its original environment (i.e. application). Thereby, the project focuses on supporting the user during object […]

By Isgandar Valizada, posted in Isgandar Valizada's Blog

15th Dec 2011  5:11 PM  13158 Reads  No comments

A few months ago I wrote a blog post on a simple JP2 file structure checker. This led to some interesting online discussions on JP2 validation. Some people asked me about the feasibility of expanding the tool to a full-fledged JP2 validator. Despite some initial reservations, I eventually decided to dedicate a couple of weeks […]

By johan, posted in johan's Blog

14th Dec 2011  12:30 PM  25133 Reads  No comments

Following up on the idea of system imaging or "snapshotting" discussed in a previous post and presented at this year’s iPRES 2011, a general concept of long-term sustainable computer systems could emerge. Why not take emulation into consideration when designing future systems and defining their requirements? A seamless process would allow for systems that were […]

By Dirk von Suchodoletz, posted in Dirk von Suchodoletz's Blog

28th Nov 2011  9:39 PM  19803 Reads  No comments

 Many office suites and other applications allow the embedding of information in them via a link to another file. The use of linked spreadsheets is common amonst data intensive agencies and large documents are often managed through linking multiple office documents to form a single final product.  Currently we have only anecdotal evidence as to […]

By Euan Cochrane, posted in Euan Cochrane's Blog

21st Nov 2011  4:23 AM  20919 Reads  1 Comment

The typical reading room computer in libraries, archives and often museums is equipped with a way for patrons to search and browse the institutions catalogues and digital collections. The digital collections are often rather restricted by the systems to making accessible only a few of today’s multimedia formats and documents types (for example PDF, jpeg […]

By Dirk von Suchodoletz, posted in Dirk von Suchodoletz's Blog

17th Nov 2011  9:42 AM  13088 Reads  No comments

Emulation requires disk images to be provided and used for the main hard drive of emulated computers. These disk images can be captured from old hard drives as discussed here. In order to automate aspects of running these disk images in an emulator a tool is needed that tells us which emulators would be compatible with […]

By Euan Cochrane, posted in Euan Cochrane's Blog

9th Nov 2011  12:08 AM  17132 Reads  2 Comments

This tool needs some explanation of how it came about. At Nationaal Archief we were faced with various bottlenecks at ingest for our digital repository (which we call e-Depot). Characterization was one of them and when the OPF released the first prototype of FIDO we happily jumped on board for its development. Seeing the potential […]

By TechMaurice, posted in TechMaurice's Blog

28th Oct 2011  1:33 PM  18017 Reads  No comments

Digital objects are often more complex than their common perception as individual files or small sets of files. Standard digital preservation methods can lose important parts, or the context of digital objects. Interestingly enough thousands of miles apart Maurice van den Dobbelsteen (The Netherlands) and Euan Cochrane (New Zealand) simultaneously proposed a new approach to […]

By Dirk von Suchodoletz, posted in Dirk von Suchodoletz's Blog

27th Oct 2011  9:45 PM  15102 Reads  No comments