Artefactual Systems becomes the newest member of the Open Preservation Foundation

We are delighted to welcome Artefactual Systems Inc. as the newest affiliate member of the Open Preservation Foundation (OPF); the first since we launched our new membership model in June 2015.

Artefactual Systems is the lead developer of three open-source software tools, Archivematica ( for digital preservation, AtoM ( for archival description and online access, and Binder ( for digital repository management.

Artefactual’s affiliate contribution will focus on the development, maintenance and public release management of the Format Identification for Digital Objects (FIDO) software tool. FIDO is included in Archivematica, but can also be used as a stand-alone command line tool or incorporated into other digital preservation systems.

“By becoming an affiliate member of the Open Preservation Foundation, Artefactual hopes to contribute to and benefit from the well-being of the open-source ecosystem of tools and services that we believe is essential to supporting digital preservation in the heritage community” explains Evelyn McLellan, President of Artefactual Systems Inc.

“We are delighted to welcome Artefactual Systems to our membership” comments Ed Fay, Executive Director of OPF. “They bring a wealth of experience in open source development and will be carrying out work on FIDO, a file format identification tool, which benefits the whole digital preservation community”.

Artefactual Systems joins OPF members from archives, libraries, research institutions, universities, and service providers collaborating on shared solutions for effective and efficient digital preservation.

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Artefactual Systems
Artefactual Systems is a Canadian-based company which provides consulting, software development, technical support and hosting services to heritage institutions around the world.

Open Preservation Foundation
The OPF is an international non-profit membership organisation sustaining technology and knowledge for the long-term management of digital cultural heritage, providing its members with reliable solutions to the challenges of digital preservation.



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