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?

As outsourcing of digitisation becomes mainstream it’s perhaps not surprising that it should also become a massive preservation risk. I hear this has struck hard in the US as well:

The red herring of long lived media is still going strong it seems:

New Apache Tika release:

We are promised a blog report on this question, but in the meantime see the tweeted replies for some spot on answers…

…in particular, Jackson nails it:


Machine learning approach to file format ID from Shaul Zevin. Nice:


Big news on managing difficult file formats this week. The Preforma Project announced 3 consortiums that will be developing format validation and conformance checkers for PDF, TIFF and some AV formats. DPC is part of veraPDF:

And some early consultation on the proposed “TIFF/A”:

Not sure why “Image compression is not allowed for archival purposes” when vast numbers of libraries are happy using JP2! LZW is well supported and should be in, multiple images per file gets a vote down from me. Anyway, this is supposed to be news…

Slightly off topic for DP, but some good lessons learned here:

And again, a bit more digitisation than DP, but some great advice on funding, some of which is more widely applicable:

So I missed this one last year. Did Archive Team miss it as well (correction – of course they didn’t)? I guess none of the usual memory organisations stepped up to the plate?

DP continues to become a more universal concern:

More gold from our members at the ULCC:

I don’t normally post job ads here, as there are already better places for that sort of thing. But this is something special on the geek front:

Not the first time this sort of thing has happened:

Looking forward to this release (here’s the link):

And to round off this week, a little bit of nostalgia…

…and a statement I find difficult to fault:

Good night and good luck


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