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.

Scout - a preservation watch system

What is preservation watch?

The reason why we should worry about preservation of digital content and why some preservation action needs to be done is closely related to the idea that content is at risk. The risk relates to the potential of losing something of value, weighted against the potential of gaining something of value.

Web Archive FITS Characterisation using ToMaR

From the very beginning of the SCAPE project on, it was a requirement that the SCAPE Execution Platform be able to leverage functionality of existing command line applications. The solution for this is ToMaR, a Hadoop-based application, which, amongst other things, allows for the execution of command line applications in a distributed way using a computer cluster.  This blog post describes the combined usage of a set of SCAPE tools for characterising and profiling web-archive data sets.

Impressions of the ‘Hadoop-driven digital preservation Hackathon’ in Vienna

More than 20 developers visited the ‘Hadoop-driven digital preservation Hackathon’ in Vienna which took place in the baroque room called "Oratorium" of the Austrian National Library from 2nd to 4th of December 2013.

A Sustainable Future for FITS

As Paul mentioned here, FITS is a classic case of a great digital preservation tool that many of us use and benefit from but that wasn’t set up to accept community code contributions. Different versions of FITS were proliferating instead of dovetailing into a better product. For this reason we decided to take a look at the situation to see what we could do to change it.