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From its inception it has been part of the OPF’s vision that meaningful discussions around Digital Preservation problems are key to finding solutions, tools and ultimately improving digital preservation practices. A granular understanding of today’s actual challenges, rather than looking at hypothetical problems is our preferred approach. The OPF promotes interaction between Practitioners and Techies […]

By bram van der werf, posted in bram van der werf's Blog

27th Oct 2011  12:25 PM  14572 Reads  No comments

At the Goportis Digital Preservation Summit in Hamburg last week, I had the pleasure on behalf of the Open Planets Foundation of chairing a very productive workshop on the ‘Format Registry Ecosystem’. I had the chance to present the recent work of the OPF and National Archives of the Netherlands work in this area (see […]

By Bill Roberts, posted in Bill Roberts's Blog

26th Oct 2011  2:27 PM  15883 Reads  No comments

The Taverna Team have released the 2.3.1 update to Taverna 2.3 to fix a problem with installation of third-party plugins. This update does not include any new functionally or other bug fixes, and you only need to install this update if you are installing any third-party plugins in Taverna 2.3.0. Please see for details […]

By anenadic, posted in anenadic's Blog

25th Oct 2011  12:58 PM  11469 Reads  No comments

A command-line tool for invocation of UfcMigrate has been created as a result of requests at the Hackaton in Cologne. The binaries and sources can be obtained here: The repository also contains sample digital objects in the “samples” directory. The testing can be performed on our UfcMigrate service running at host. Below in […]

By Isgandar Valizada, posted in Isgandar Valizada's Blog

24th Oct 2011  10:14 AM  11863 Reads  No comments

I attended the Practical Tools for Digital Preservation – A Hackathon event as a developer. As well as being enjoyable, I found this event useful and interesting. In my role as Developer for Arts and Humanities computing projects, I am in the process of implementing an OAIS compliant digital archive for the University of St Andrews. […]

By swithun, posted in swithun's Blog

14th Oct 2011  1:11 PM  14292 Reads  No comments

OPF and DPC recently held a hackathon in York that followed the style of the AQuA hackathons I’ve previously reported on. I won’t say much on the event in general as Carl has just blogged about it, but I’m pleased to say it was our best yet and I think we really nailed the formula […]

By paul, posted in paul's Blog

11th Oct 2011  3:56 PM  12456 Reads  No comments

I participated in the Open Planets Foundation / Digital Preservation Coalition hackathon event in York two weeks ago (27/09 – 29/09).  This is the third event of this type that I’ve attended this year, and so far each has been better than the previous. The event was well attended, with 30+ people over the three […]

By Carl Wilson, posted in Carl Wilson's Blog

11th Oct 2011  12:26 PM  21723 Reads  No comments

Emulation services for direct user access often require more effort than simply providing the appropriate emulator and system image. Usually, the average visitor to memory institutions is not familiar with past computer architectures and their operating function. Thus, our goal is to research different approaches to creating automated access to the different digital artefacts users […]

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

7th Oct 2011  10:29 AM  12091 Reads  No comments

The new FIDO (Format Identification for Digital Objects) is here, version 0.9.6. Improvements: reports if match is based on signature, extension or no match (fail) reports if file is empty (to stderr) reporting of mime-types fixed (special thanks to Derek Higgins) shows help upon invocation without arguments PDF signatures updated from PRONOM files, due to […]

By TechMaurice, posted in TechMaurice's Blog

4th Oct 2011  1:50 PM  13634 Reads  No comments

As I already briefly mentioned in a previous blog post, one of the objectives of the SCAPE project is to develop an architecture that will enable large scale characterisation of digital file objects. As a first step, we are evaluating existing characterisation tools. The overall aim of this work is twofold. First, we want to […]

By johan, posted in johan's Blog

21st Sep 2011  1:40 PM  20073 Reads  No comments