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The National Archives of Estonia joins the Open Planets Foundation

We are pleased to welcome the National Archives of Estonia as our newest member.
Lauri Leht, Director of Digital Archives, explained:
“The National Archives of Estonia has joined Open Planets to collaborate in the field of digital preservation with other innovative members of the archiving community.

Identification of PDF preservation risks: analysis of Govdocs selected corpus

This blog follows up on three earlier posts about detecting preservation risks in PDF files. In part 1 I explored to what extent the Preflight component of the Apache PDFBox library can be used to detect specific preservation risks in PDF documents. This was followed up by some work during the SPRUCE Hackathon in Leeds, which is covered by this blog post by Peter Cliff. Then last summer I did a series of additional tests using files from the Adobe Acrobat Engineering website. The main outcome of this more recent work was that, although showing great promise, Preflight was struggling with many more complex PDFs. Fast-forward another six months and, thanks to the excellent response of the Preflight developers to our bug reports, the most serious of these problems are now largely solved1. So, time to move on to the next step!

bwFLA EaaS: Releasing Digital Art into the Wild

With the bwFLA Emulation-as-a-Service you can enable users to view your (interactive) objects without actually giving the environment+object to the user. This is a nice feature, especially for dig. art and similar: you can provide access to an almost unlimited amount of people being able to view, use and interact with a piece of dig. art without being able to copy it. The owner remains in control of the object and is able to restrict access any time.