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PREFORMA, FUTURE MEMORY STANDARDS

PREFORMA, PREservation FORMAts for culture information/e-archives, is a new Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project started on January 1st, 2014, and co-funded by the European Commission under its FP7-ICT Programme.

Aim of the project is to address the challenge of implementing good quality standardised file formats for preserving data content in the long term. The main objective is to give memory institutions full control of the process of the conformity tests of files to be ingested into archives.

 

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NEWS FROM THE BLOG

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Interview with Marion Jaks

Marion is a video archivist at the Austrian Mediathek, the Austrian video and sound archive. Her main area of work is the digitization of analogue videos and quality control of video files entering the digital archive. The main use case for MediaConch is to check if files that were produced outside of the default workflow procedure meet the policy for the archival master.

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veraPDF 1.8 released

The latest version of veraPDF is now available to download on the PREFORMA Open Source Portal. This release includes new PDF information in the features report and automatic configuration of the features extractor when applying custom policy profiles. There are also a number of low level PDF fixes and improvements which are documented in the latest release notes. From September, veraPDF will make the transition from a funded project to a stand alone open source project.

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DPF Manager 3.5 available to download

A new version of the DPF Manager has been released! There are several improvements in this update. The most significant one is the redesign of the reports section, where now it is easier (and much faster) to browse the analyzed reports, transforming between formats, and also converting a quick check to a full check. The global report has also been improved with a more visual and interactive panel. Download and try the new release on the PREFORMA Open Source Portal!

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Interview with Kieran O’Leary

This is the third in a series of interviews with people using MediaConch within their institutions. Kieran O’Leary has an intership with the Irish Film Archive within the Irish Film Institute, mostly working on code, workflows, metadata, digitisation, migration, and facilitating access to collections. He is using MediaConch's GUI to check files delivered from vendors. MediaConch automates a lot of this work via local policy creation.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Wrocław, 19-25 August 2017

WLIC 2017 IFLA World Library and Information Congress

The IFLA World Library and Information Congress is the international flagship professional and trade event for the library and information services sector. It brings together over 3,500 participants from more than 120 countries, sets the international agenda for the profession and offers opportunities for networking and professional development to all delegates. The 83rd World Library and Information Congress, entitled 'Libraries. Solidarity. Society' will take place in Wrocław, Poland, from 19-25 August 2017.

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Berlin, 30 August - 1 September 2017

Digital Cultural Heritage 2017

Organised by CODATA-Germany, the German National Committee on Data for Science and Technology of the International Council for Science, the DCH2017 International Conference will take place in Berlin, at the National Library, on August 30 - September 01, 2017. The conference focuses on providing key messages relating to the impact of new technologies and processes on cultural heritage.

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Berlin, 17-22 September 2017

IASA 2017 Annual Conference

The International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives 48th Annual Conference will be hosted on 17-22 September 2017 by the Ethnological Museum in Berlin. IASA 2017 Conference theme is 'Integration and Innovation: Bringing Workflows and Formats Together in the Digital Era' and everyone engaged in or curious about the discovery, care, preservation and dissemination of our sound and audiovisual heritage is invited to join.

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