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I’ve been keeping an eye on the #anadp11 Twitter backchannel, particularly the discussion about standards. I’m not there, so I don’t know what points have been made, but I want to try to head off a common misconception. Standards are wonderful things, but the standard itself is not enough. It’s the social consensus built by […]

By Andy Jackson, posted in Andy Jackson's Blog

24th May 2011  8:37 PM  13452 Reads  No comments

Remote emulation has been a topic in digital preservation for a while. Several approaches to it have been explored and the feasibility of some stable prototype is pretty good. There are several different ways to achieve the separation into a server able to run the complex stuff and a rather simple client mostly limited to […]

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

19th May 2011  10:57 AM  14410 Reads  No comments

Research Activities and Open Questions at Archives New Zealand At Archives New Zealand we are currently working on a number of digital preservation research activities including: The collation of a sample set of files for use in testing tools and approaches and other digital preservation experiments.  Documenting software applications and environments. Developing an evidence base of […]

By Euan Cochrane, posted in Euan Cochrane's Blog

18th May 2011  11:06 PM  22848 Reads  No comments

Today marks the launch (timed to coincide with mass observation day) of BBC Domesday Reloaded, which both recycles the iconic 1986 BBC Domesday Project and provides a chance to capture a new snapshot of teenies-era UK. It’s brilliant to see Domesday making a comeback and the BBC deserve a lot of credit for revisiting this […]

By paul, posted in paul's Blog

12th May 2011  10:10 PM  16029 Reads  No comments

On 13 and 14 April 2011 I took part in the UDFR Stakeholder meeting in Washington DC.  The UDFR team had invited around 25 people, mainly from the institutions represented on the UDFR governing body, plus a few others including me, representing the National Archives of the Netherlands and OPF.  The UDFR team presented their progress […]

By Bill Roberts, posted in Bill Roberts's Blog

12th May 2011  10:33 AM  16198 Reads  No comments

We are almost at capacity for the second AQuA Mashup event that will take place in London on the 13th-15th of June. If you are a coder who would like to work on some practical digital preservation challenges with us, or a content owner who can bring along some digital content for us to work […]

By paul, posted in paul's Blog

11th May 2011  5:09 PM  13328 Reads  No comments

I’ve finally had time to consider David Rosenthal’s response to my argument in favour of format normalisation as a preservation strategy. While I largely agree with his position on format obsolescence (with some caveats I’ll return to in a future post), we do appear to disagree on a more fundamental level – on what it […]

By Andy Jackson, posted in Andy Jackson's Blog

10th May 2011  9:01 AM  16292 Reads  No comments

At Freiburg the software archive has been extended: The abandoned system disks and documentation of Mac OS 7 from 1991 is a good start for a non-X86 branch of operating systems and applications. As the data survey in Archives New Zealand and the legacy of research institutions demonstrate, there is demand for other original software […]

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

9th May 2011  4:09 PM  13404 Reads  No comments

The idea of migration by emulation assumes the injection of digital objects into their native environments where they can be migrated using environment- and object native applications and the extraction of the resulting migrated objects from the corresponding environments after the process is finished. The injection/extraction requires the usage of containers (like floppy devices), which […]

By Isgandar Valizada, posted in Isgandar Valizada's Blog

4th May 2011  7:56 PM  14583 Reads  No comments

We’ve been working away on defining and solving preservation problems at the 3 day AQuA Mashup event in Leeds. Today we wrapped up some new technical solutions and documented what we learnt. I think its not unrealistic to claim that most of the preservation issues and challenges have actually been centred around pretty straightforward problems. […]

By paul, posted in paul's Blog

13th Apr 2011  8:49 PM  14386 Reads  No comments