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There is little doubt, that a predictive costing tool would be usefull to plan and manage the preservation of digital content, in fact it should be indisspensible to most archives, one should be inclined to think.Predicting future costs is allways difficult, every prediction can only be accurate to a certain point, as we cannot fortell […]

By angela_a, posted in angela_a's Blog

3rd Aug 2011  9:28 AM  18819 Reads  No comments

OK, not really the answers, just more questions!  But a few weeks back I sent round a draft of a registry guidelines document, asking for feedback.  I had included in that document a list of questions that we needed to consider and this post presents some of the answers I received, plus some answers I […]

By Bill Roberts, posted in Bill Roberts's Blog

21st Jul 2011  2:03 PM  14763 Reads  No comments

I was recently re-reading a Planets project report from 2008, “Representation Information Registries” by Adrian Brown (PC/3-D7 if that means anything to you). It has a nice summary of the purpose of representation information registries that I thought was worth sharing: (extract in italics). Efficiency of description: Representation information forms a substantial element of the […]

By Bill Roberts, posted in Bill Roberts's Blog

20th Jul 2011  2:27 PM  12535 Reads  No comments

The Taverna team are pleased to announce the release of the Taverna Workbench 2.3.0, a suite of tools used for graphical design and execution of workflows. It is available for download from Here are a few of the new features in the Workbench: REST services allowing you to perform GET, POST, PUT and DELETE […]

By anenadic, posted in anenadic's Blog

19th Jul 2011  1:35 PM  12730 Reads  No comments

Hello!   We recieved a batch of digital images and are not able to define what imageformat they are saved in and what software to render them with. Could you help me with this task and explain how to proceede in such a situation? they have a suffix “.ch” and are fairly large (ca. 18 […]

By angela_a, posted in angela_a's Blog

19th Jul 2011  7:31 AM  13383 Reads  No comments

hello!   anyone who could send me a the LIFE-Cost-Predicting-Tool (and documentation)? I’m rather desperate as I’m looking since month for this tool and I need it urgently. Thanks! angela

By angela_a, posted in angela_a's Blog

19th Jul 2011  7:29 AM  12016 Reads  No comments

The National Archives of the Netherlands have been looking at approaches to preservation of databases for some time, going back at least as far as the Digital Preservation Testbed project (2000-2003).  More recently – in May 2010 – we prepared a case study on database preservation as part of the PLANETS project.  Prompted by recent discussions […]

By Bill Roberts, posted in Bill Roberts's Blog

12th Jul 2011  1:15 PM  68362 Reads  No comments

As a part of the SCAPE project, I’m currently heavily involved in the evaluation of various file format identification tools. The overall aim of this work is to determine which tools are suitable candidates for inclusion in the SCAPE architecture. In addition, we’re also trying to get a better idea of each tool’s specific strengths […]

By johan, posted in johan's Blog

11th Jul 2011  4:49 PM  22342 Reads  No comments

I attended the DPC’s latest briefing day on Digital Forensics for Preservation in Oxford on the 29th June 2011 and compiled a list of some of the software tools that were mentioned by the various speakers throughout the day. The presenter who mentioned the tool is listed in brackets. A brief note on the purpose […]

By paul, posted in paul's Blog

29th Jun 2011  9:41 AM  20609 Reads  No comments

The Danish National Archives has completed a major migration project of all digital records received before 2000. An evaluation report has now been published in English. It is available here: Evaluation_of_the_Format_and_Structure_Conversion_Project.doc The Danish National Archives is very interested in knowing if any other preservation institutions have accomplished or plan to accomplish similar projects. We would […]

By Jan DS, posted in Jan DS's Blog

28th Jun 2011  7:35 AM  14828 Reads  No comments