Virtual Research Environment 1.0 released

The Virtual Research Environment (VRE) for preservation tools is now available to download. Developed by the Dutch Digital Heritage Network and the Open Preservation Foundation, the VRE is a “plug & play” virtual machine with a selection of open source digital preservation tools pre-installed.

VRE aims to lower barriers to using and testing digital preservation software. It enables users to try out tools typically used in the pre-ingest and ingest stages of a digital preservation workflow, without having to install or configure the software. The VRE currently contains six tools: Apache Tika, Droid, JHOVE, VeraPDF, MediaInfo and ffmpeg/Handbrake.

Try the Virtual Research Environment

We invite the community to download the 1.0 release and give feedback.

Download VRE 1.0

Read the release notes

To report an issue or make a feature request please add it to the issue tracker on GitHub or contact us.

Want to learn more?

Join us for a webinar on Thursday 10 December (11:00-12:00 CET) to find out more about the VRE project and future plans. We will also be running an online workshop in March 2021.

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