The Open Planets Foundation (OPF) addresses core digital preservation challenges by engaging with its members and the community to develop practical and sustainable tools and services to ensure long-term access to digital content.

Coming to "Preserving PDF - identify, validate, repair" in Hamburg?

The OPF is holding a PDF event in Hamburg on 1st-2nd September 2014 where we'll be taking an in-depth look at the PDF format, its sub-flavours like PDF/A and open source tools that can help. This is a quick post of list of things you can do to prepare for the event if you're attending and looking to get the most out of it.

EaaS: Image and Object Archive — Requirements, Implementation and Example Use-Cases

bwFLA's Emulation-as-a-Service makes emulation widely available for non-experts and could prove emulation as a valuable tool in digital preservation workflows. Providing these emulation services to access preserved and archived digital objects poses further challenges to data management. Digital artifacts are usually stored and maintained in dedicated repositories and object owners want to – or are required to – stay in control over their intellectual property. This article discusses the problem of managing virtual images, i.e. virtual harddisks bootable by an emulator, and derivatives thereof but the solution proposed can be applied to any digital artifact.

A VM4C3PO

We have just set up a vagrant environment for C3PO. It starts a headless vm where the C3PO related functionalities (Mongodb, Play, a downloadable commandline jar) are managable from the host's browser. Further, the vm itself has all relevant processes configured at start-up independently from vagrant, so it can be, once created, downloaded and used as a stand-alone C3PO vm. We think this could be a scenario applicable to other SCAPE projects as well. The following is a summary of the ideas we've had and the experiences we've made.

CSV Validator version 1.0 release

Following on from my previous brief post announcing the beta release of the CSV Validator, http://www.openplanetsfoundation.org/blogs/2014-03-21-csv-validator-beta-releases, today we've made the formal version 1.0 release of the CSV Validator and the associated CSV Schema Language.  I've described this in more detail on The NAtional Archives' blog, 

New QA tool for finger detection on scans

I would like to draw your attention to the new QA tool for finger detection on scans: https://github.com/openplanets/finger-detection-tool. This tool was developed by AIT in scope of the SCAPE project.

 

Checking to identify fingers on scan manually is a very time-consuming and error-prone process. You need a tool to help you: Fingerdet.

Fingerdet is an open source tool which: