Preservation (Digital)

BitCurator 1.5.1 VM and ISO released

The latest release of the BitCurator environment (1.5.1) is now available at our wiki ( Direct links and MD5 checksums can be found on the wiki, or you can follow the links below:
The BitCurator 1.5.1 Virtual Machine
The BitCurator 1.5.1 Installation ISO
This is the first public release of BitCurator built with our new bootstrap and upgrade automation tool (

Curation of born-digital materials begins at home |

As is the case with most archivists dealing with born-digital stuff, the challenge is that you can’t just look at the stuff to assess its value. Just to look at the file directory, you basically have to rescue it first and then decide if it was worth it.

Filling the Digital Preservation Gap. A Jisc Research Data Spring project

A report written during phase 1 of a Jisc funded project to investigate the potential of using Archivematica for the digital preservation of research data as part of a wider technical infrastructure for research data management. The project was a collaboration between the University of Hull and the University of York.

IFI Irish Film Archive publishes new Digital Preservation and Access Strategy | The Irish Film & Television Network

The IFI Irish Film Archive has published a new Digital Preservation & Access Strategy that outlines its response to the challenges and opportunities of archiving vast quantities of moving image material in a digital environment.

File identification tools, part 7: Apache Tika | File Formats Blog

Apache Tika is a Java-based open source toolkit for identifying files and extracting metadata and text content. I don’t have much personal experience with it, apart from having used it with FITS. Apache Software Foundation is actively maintaining it, and version 1.9 just came out on June 23, 2015. It can identify a wide range of formats and report metadata from a smaller but still impressive set. You can use Tika as a command line utility, a GUI application, or a Java library. You can find its source code on GitHub, or you can get its many components from the Maven Repository.

Preservation Planning Ontology | Artefactual Systems

Artefactual Systems proposes to develop a Preservation Planning Ontology, to turn digital preservation planning Documents into Preservation Planning Data.

Linking existing vocabularies from PREMIS, NEPOMUK, ORE and others, the Preservation Planning Ontology would fill a real gap the digital preservation world.

Building on the Format Policy Registry, a tool that is bundled with the open source Archivematica project, the first goal of this project is to develop a new ontology that allows Preservation Rules to be described, along with the tools used to enact those rules.

PREMIS Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata, Version 3.0

The PREMIS Editorial Committee is pleased to announce the availability of PREMIS version 3.0. This is a major new version with a revised data model, enhancing the ability to express information about software and hardware environments and intellectual entities. Specific changes in this version include: *Make Intellectual Entity another category of PREMIS Object. In versions 1 and 2 an Intellectual Entity was a separate entity and was out of scope for description using PREMIS except for an identifier to link to it from other PREMIS entities.

Guidelines on the Production and Preservation of Digital Audio Objects (web edition) | IASA

The process of debating the principles which underpin the work of sound preservation, and then discussing, codifying and documenting the practices that we as professional sound archivists use and recommend, is to necessarily identify the strengths and weaknesses in our everyday work.When the first version/edition of TC-04 Guidelines in the Production and Preservation of Digital Audio Objects was completed and printed in 2004 there was, in spite of our pride in that previous publication, little doubt amongst the IASA Technical Committee that a second edition would be necessary to address tho