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?

Like I always say in the introduction, this is my roughly weekly news and opinion blog. “Roughly” being the operative word, as I’ve been mostly out of the office visiting our members here. So it’s a double header again this week.

As noted last “week”, DPC is 50 sized. And here’s the detail:

I’ll kick things off properly this week with file format identification. This is worth a glance, Thanks Misty:

It’s of course always worth submitting PRONOM misses:

But this is a good point from Euan:

Here’s hoping TNA can still devote effort to this incredibly important work! We already have enough of this sort of thing:

Looks like a very nice community approach to developing the WARC standard:

Lengthy article probing the gaps in preservation between archival institutions and the more fluid happenings of the internet…

…so it’s a good job our legal system isn’t living in cloud cuckoo land when it comes to copyright [sigh]:

Lots of discussion prompted by this observation from the DT:

And following the OS theme, I’m really hoping to make the next meeting of this group:

I’m not really sure what the purpose of this work is, but it sounds like there is overlap with registry work. I wonder if this has been considered?

For the diary:

More on OPF’s work with JHOVE:

No it’s not…

…there is always dissent…

…and of course some balance is required as I agree with this as well:

Well we could try:

Don’t you just love “drastical” improvements:

Never mind metadata, lets standardise SIPS, AIPS and DIPS. Drafts from the e-Ark are here:

New in this excellent series from AVPreserve:

And they’ve been busy cos this looks pretty thorough:

Good stuff here:

This is also very very good, but I am somewhat biased:

Process and tools, nice blogpost:

Blog report on the excellent NDSR residency program:

IIIF based digital library platform to be developed by Wellcome. Cool:

On the theme of records management getting out of hand:

Not enjoyed the red herring of long lived media for, errm, at least a few days? Fire your kickstarter dollars down the drain here:

Open mapping from UK rolls onwards:


This has “DP News final thought” written all over it:

But I think I’ll end with this one:

Good fight, good night!


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