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Last winter I started a first attempt at identifying preservation risks in PDF files using the Apache Preflight PDF/A validator. This work was later followed up by others in two SPRUCE hackathons in Leeds (see this blog post by Peter Cliff) and London (described here). Much of this later work tacitly assumes that Apache Preflight […]

By johan, posted in johan's Blog

25th Jul 2013  12:57 PM  24722 Reads  12 Comments

Now that the subproject lead in PW is being transferred from me to Kresimir, it seems a good time to reflect a little on what we have achieved in PW since February 2011 and what is left to do! What did we set out to do? To accomplish effective digital preservation, environments with a preservation […]

By cbecker, posted in cbecker's Blog

23rd Jul 2013  9:20 AM  13423 Reads  No comments

An important part of image file format migration is quality assurance.  Various tools can be used such as ImageMagick or Matchbox, but they only provide one metric or are for different use-cases.  I wanted to investigate implementation of image comparison algorithms so began investigating. I created a prototype tool/library for image quality analysis, called Dissimilar.  […]

By willp-bl, posted in willp-bl's Blog

17th Jul 2013  12:50 PM  25650 Reads  4 Comments

It’s been more than two years now since I wrote my D-Lib paper JPEG 2000 for Long-term Preservation: JP2 as a Preservation Format. From time to time people ask me about the status of the issues that are mentioned in that paper, so here’s a long overdue update. Issues addressed in the 2011 paper The […]

By johan, posted in johan's Blog

1st Jul 2013  4:44 PM  20381 Reads  2 Comments

Following the community response to our workshop last year, we want to invite you again to contribute your future preservation challenge! Digital Preservation has emerged as a key challenge for information systems in almost any domain from eCommerce and eGovernment to finance, health, and personal life. The field is increasingly recognized and has taken major […]

By cbecker, posted in cbecker's Blog

17th Jun 2013  5:24 PM  14995 Reads  2 Comments

  "Digital preservation is more than the technical preservation of a file … it is also about providing readers with the context surrounding it to promote authenticity."   Principle 2, Requirement 8 of the Archives New Zealand Electronic Recordkeeping Metadata Standard asks for seven mandatory elements to be captured: A unique identifier A name Date […]

By ross-spencer, posted in ross-spencer's Blog

12th Jun 2013  4:01 AM  26667 Reads  17 Comments

The DROID software tool is developed by The National Archives (UK) to perform automated batch identification of file formats by assigning Pronom Unique Identifiers (PUIDs) and MIME types to files. The tool uses so called signature files as a basis of information stemming from the PRONOM technical registry. I am here presenting some considerations for […]

By shsdev, posted in shsdev's Blog

24th May 2013  11:44 AM  16689 Reads  3 Comments

Last year (2012) the KB released a report on the suitability of the EPUB format for archival preservation. A substantial number of EPUB-related developments have happened since then, and as a result some of the report's findings and conclusions have become outdated. This applies in particular to the observations on EPUB 3, and the support […]

By johan, posted in johan's Blog

23rd May 2013  2:23 PM  18025 Reads  No comments

File Information Tool Set (FITS) is the Harvard Library's "Swiss army knife" for file characterization. Created originally for use with the library's Digital Repository System (DRS), it's been made available as open source, and several other institutions have made use of it. The OPF online hackathon last November included some work on it, and recently […]

By garymcgath, posted in garymcgath's Blog

3rd Apr 2013  12:36 PM  11745 Reads  1 Comment

A couple of preservation workflows (such as full system preservation through imaging) or processing in digital forensics depend on reliable hardware-software stacks for identity system disk migrations. As especially the x86 platform is moving forward very fast, the hardware and software changes rapidly. Even if the standard suggests compatibility, there are a number of pitfalls […]

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

20th Mar 2013  10:28 AM  12561 Reads  No comments