Roughly weekly news and opinions from the Digital Preservation Coalition’s Head of Research and Practice, Paul Wheatley. Opinions are the opinions of Paul and those featured. Not the DPC. They’re just opinions, ok?

The EC funded Pericles Project reached the half way point, and has released an early version of the PERICLES Extraction Tool (PET) which is “an open source (Apache 2 licensed) Java software for the extraction of significant information from the environment where digital objects are created and modified”. I don’t know what that means and couldn’t work it out from the Readme on Github, but it sounds rather interesting

Steve Knight published a blog post based on a presentation about the need for digital preservation. It relates to a Digital Preservation as a Service (DPaaS) initiative in New Zealand that is currently determining “the demand/need for a whole of country approach to digital preservation leveraging government’s investment to date in the Library and Archives”.

The inimitable Jason Scott speaking about games preservation to games developers:

I’m not going to include any tedious April fools japes, but I have to admit I enjoyed this:

The latest DPC webinar got right into the detail of ingest at PRONI (members only):


Highs and lows on the birthday of the Document Liberation Project:

And in other document news, ODF gets a boost from the UK gov:

Everyone wants an office with this on the door, don’t they?

More on last week’s SSI event from James Baker:

Rosenthal fills out the dataset link rot problem with a real life example:

“I don’t know what this all means, but I think it opens up some interesting questions and comes with some implications. Who would have thought a bunch of tiny files that you see straight through would have so much to teach us.” It’s as much about the journey as the subject in this great blog post from Trevor Owens:

A penultimate quote comes from the always quotable Cliff Lynch:

And this weeks rounding off quote is from Ben O’Steen and (probably) originally Douglas Adams:

That is all, go away.


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