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After having emulators conceptually established in digital preservation and having proved to run them actually for different original environments, the next logical step is their preparation for main-stream. To deploy emulation in e.g. Migrate workflows is a bit more complex than to wrap a simple converter like ps2pdf but might earn a much wider covering […]

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

13th Apr 2011  6:56 PM  15375 Reads  No comments

Attendees at the first AQuA Project event in Leeds, UK, are spending 3 days tackling some preservation issues with their digital collections. We’re trying to answer questions such as: What does my digital collection consist of? What preservation risks does it face? Are any of the files broken? Are there any duplicates? We’re mid way […]

By paul, posted in paul's Blog

12th Apr 2011  2:47 PM  12333 Reads  No comments

The OPF is collaborating on an exciting new project that is aiming to enhance our ability to validate the condition of digital content. The AQuA Project is running two mashup events in April and June that will focus on developing our understanding of collection issues, such as bit rot or digitisation errors, and develop ways […]

By paul, posted in paul's Blog

16th Mar 2011  5:05 PM  12448 Reads  No comments

Dave Tarrant of Southampton University (with co-authors Steve Hitchcock and Les Carr) has recently published a paper in the International Journal of Digital Curation: “Where the Semantic Web and Web 2.0 Meet Format Risk Management: P2 Registry“. This describes the work Dave has done on creating a Linked Data registry (‘P2’) to hold information about […]

By Bill Roberts, posted in Bill Roberts's Blog

16th Mar 2011  10:44 AM  14547 Reads  No comments

Emulators are a crucial building block in digital preservation strategies. They are supposed to bridge the widening gap between past and current digital environments. Like every other software they need to be updated from time to time if the actual environment they are running in changes. But, independent of those updates, the internal structures created […]

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

10th Mar 2011  3:14 PM  13132 Reads  No comments

After raising this topic in PLANETS and us evangelizing at the OR2010 it was great to see quite a bit of practical approach to software archiving at Archives New Zealand. When working in the area of long-term access to digital objects (and when your objects are anything more complex than your basic image file) a […]

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

4th Mar 2011  10:30 AM  16945 Reads  No comments

Open Planets Foundation is proud to present: Fido.jar. A java port of the Python version of Fido (Format Identification for Digital Objects). This first version runs on all platforms with Java 6 update 23 or later installed. We would like you to give this first Fido in a jar a try. If you encounter any […]

By TechMaurice, posted in TechMaurice's Blog

3rd Mar 2011  4:37 PM  16699 Reads  No comments

Over the last weeks at several events Paul Wheatley of the British Library showed examples of bit rot in an image collection of the BL. Planets did lots of R&D into preservation and long term access and provided background and breakthrough thinking on many of the technical challenges. But Paul’s tenacity on this subject bit […]

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

28th Feb 2011  4:34 PM  29489 Reads  No comments

This week Bill Roberts, Asger Blekinge, Andy Jackson, Paul Wheatley, Bram van der Werf and I attended the DevCSI Developer Days in London. Next to the workshops, lightning talks, coding labs and Guru Sessions there were several challenges created by attending organizations. OPF also created two very interesting challenges. The main challenge was to improve […]

By TechMaurice, posted in TechMaurice's Blog

18th Feb 2011  1:40 PM  13511 Reads  No comments

While thinking about the Dev8D challenge (which I cannot compete in ūüôĀ I got to thinking about the way we do file characterisation. I am not old enough to know the history of this field, but it seems that the grand old tool is the file(8) tool from unix. When “file” was developed, all files […]

By blekinge, posted in blekinge's Blog

17th Feb 2011  11:59 AM  18189 Reads  1 Comment