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.

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.
 

Week 48: A SCAPE Developer Short Story

It's been two weeks since the internal SCAPE developer workshop in Brno, Czech Republic. It was a great workshop. We had a lot of presentations and demos, and were brought up to date on what's going on in the other corners of the SCAPE project. We also had some (loud) discussions, but I think we came to some good agreements on where we as developers are going next. And we started a number of development and productisation activities.

SPRUCE project Award: Lovebytes Media Archive Project

Lovebytes currently holds an archive of digital media assets representing 19 years of the organisation’s activities in the field of digital art and a rich historical record of emerging digital culture at the turn of the century. It contains original artworks in a wide variety of formats, video and audio documentation of events alongside websites and print objects.

In June 2013 we were delighted to receive an award from SPRUCE, which enabled us to devise and test a digital preservation plan for the archive through auditing, migrating and stabilising a representative sample of material, concentrating on migrating digital video and Macromedia Director files.

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.