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.

Establishing a Workflow Model for Audio CD Preservation

The preservation of audio CDs is something that is slightly different from the preservation of CDs containing data other than audio. Data on audio CDs cannot be easily cloned for preservation, as the music industry has lobbied the main operating system developers to curtail the duplication of CDs to crack down on the mass production of pirate copies. While this is understandable from an intellectual property perspective, it is rather problematic from a preservation viewpoint.

COPTR tools registry beta launch

Almost a year ago, I presented a proposal to the Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation (ANADP) group to create a community tool registry. I was frustrated by the profusion of tool registries and the lack of coordination between them. Pooling the knowledge in one place would result in a far better resource. It would be easier to discover new tools, to share experience in using them and to help avoid the tool development duplication we've seen so much of in the past. As ANADPII kicks off today in Barcelona, I'm very pleased to announce the beta launch of COPTR: the Community Owned digital Preservation Tool Registry.
 

SPRUCE Project Award: Northumberland Estates

Using the Digital Preservation Business Case Toolkit to justify Digital Repository investment

Northumberland Estates (NE) were delighted to be awarded a SPRUCE Award to carry out a detailed analysis of current digital repository solutions suitable for small to medium organisations. In conjunction with The University of London Computer Centre (ULCC) they created a toolkit justifying investment in a recommended solution. The business case will aim to implement a sustainable digital repository for the long term management of Northumberland Estates digital content. With a particular focus on small to medium organisations this project aims to address the lack of knowledge in the digital preservation community on preservation as a service (PaaS) providers.
 

FITS Blitz

FITS is a classic case of a great digital preservation tool that was developed with an initial injection of resource, and subsequently the creator (Harvard University) has then struggled to maintain it. But let me be very clear, Harvard deserves no blame for this situation. They've created a tool that many in our community have found particularly useful but have been left to maintain it largely on their own.
 
Wouldn't it be great if different individuals and organisations in our community could all chip in to maintain and enhance the tool? Wrap new tools, upgrade outdated versions of existing tools, and so on? Well many have started to do this, including some injections of effort from my own project, SPRUCE. What a lovely situation to be in, seeing the community come together to drive this tool forward...
 

SCAPE/OPF Continuous Integration update

As previously blogged about by Carl we now have virtually all SCAPE and OPF projects in Continuous Integration; building and unit testing in both Travis CI and Jenkins

  • Travis compiles the projects and executes unit tests whenever a new commit is pushed to Github, or when a pull request is submitted to the project. 
  • Jenkins builds are generally scheduled once per day.  After a build the software has its code quality analysed by Sonar