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Already a couple of weeks ago we had a hackathon in Cologne. Hospitality and location of the University of Cologne contributed a lot to the success of this event. Thanks to Manfred Thaller and Lisa Rau everything was perfectly organized. Thanks a lot Manfred and Lisa! With the experience of previous hack-events (the first OPF […]

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

20th Sep 2011  11:11 AM  12729 Reads  No comments

There is a very first test available for a emulation based Word Perfect 6 to RTF file migration. A PLANETS web service running in Freiburg could be invoked by OPF partners running a PLANETS instance by adding an external resource. Just add the WSDL file of UfcMigrate http://132.230.8.85:8080/psuite-pa-ufcmigrate/UfcMigrate?wsdl The URL will change over the time […]

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

1st Sep 2011  2:56 PM  17409 Reads  No comments

Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on the design of a workflow that the KB is planning to use for the migration of a collection of (mostly old) TIFF images to JP2. One major risk of such a migration is that hardware failures during the migration process may result in corrupted images. For […]

By johan, posted in johan's Blog

1st Sep 2011  8:47 AM  37963 Reads  No comments

I wonder if many people have had a chance to dig around in the latest signature release for DROID? There is an interesting format change that I think warrants some discussion. As I understand it, historically tif has been a problem for DROID based ID. Pronom has records for TIFF versions 3, 4, 5, and […]

By Jay Gattuso, posted in Jay Gattuso's Blog

28th Aug 2011  8:49 PM  14289 Reads  No comments

The GRATE-R, originally developed for PLANETS, utilises the idea of performing migration by interactive session replaying in emulated original environments. According to this approach the format migration process is carried out by computer interaction with the graphical user interface of the original, format-native applications. Their capability of exporting the loaded digital objects in a format other than their initial format […]

By Isgandar Valizada, posted in Isgandar Valizada's Blog

28th Aug 2011  1:10 PM  14056 Reads  No comments

I would like to pose a scenario for your comment: Description  A large set of files, ~5,000. Created between ~1993 to ~1997 Creation software unknown Given extension .ASC PRONOM PUIDs: x-fmt/22 (7-bit ASCII Text) and x-fmt/283 (8-bit ASCII Text) relate DROID matches by extension as above JHove: ASCII-hul (Status: Well-Formed and valid) Visual inspection confirms […]

By Jay Gattuso, posted in Jay Gattuso's Blog

16th Aug 2011  10:47 PM  15547 Reads  No comments

In my previous post on formats, I ended up leaning towards a wait-and-see approach to format registry design. Unfortunately, I don’t really have that luxury. The SCAPE project needs to collect more format information to assist preservation planning and other processes. We even have some effort available to help build and/or fill a registry. But […]

By Andy Jackson, posted in Andy Jackson's Blog

11th Aug 2011  8:27 PM  15684 Reads  No comments

Bill’s earlier post and this one from Chris Rusbridge have spurred me to try to describe what I discovered about PRONOM format records during my editable registry experiment. Building that site required a close inspection of the PRONOM Format Record data model, during which I realised that we commonly conflate two quite different ways of […]

By Andy Jackson, posted in Andy Jackson's Blog

10th Aug 2011  2:19 PM  22271 Reads  No comments

Chris Rusbridge recently kicked off a discussion about where to find information about some old file formats – he was finding it very difficult to find what he needed. Readers of this blog might find his article interesting: http://unsustainableideas.wordpress.com/2011/08/05/so-what-was-that-twitter-rant-against-pronom-all-about/

By Bill Roberts, posted in Bill Roberts's Blog

9th Aug 2011  10:33 AM  12733 Reads  No comments

During the Planets project Paul Wheatley and I created the Planets Functional Model http://www.planets-project.eu/docs/reports/Planets_PP7-D6_EvaluationOfPPWithinOAIS.pdf  . We identified in this model the functions that were related to the (OAIS) Preservation Planning activity, inspired by the experience gathered in the various Planets work packages. Central in the Planets model is the Preservation Watch Function. In this function […]

By Barbara Sierman, posted in Barbara Sierman's Blog

3rd Aug 2011  10:01 AM  13651 Reads  No comments