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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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MediaConch in action! Issue #1

This is the first in a series of interviews with people using MediaConch within their institutions. Eddy Colloton is Assistant Conservator specializing in electronic media at the Denver Art Museum (DAM). DAM is planning to use MediaConch primarily for policy checking, as a form of quality assurance, to check that videotapes digitized by a vendor meet the museum's target encoding and file format.

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veraPDF 1.6 released

The latest release of veraPDF is available to download in the PREFORMA Open Source Portal. The validation logic and test corpus of veraPDF 1.6 have been updated to comply with the resolutions of the PDF Association’s PDF Validation Technical Working Group (TWG). The TWG brings together PDF technology experts to analyse PDF validation issues in a transparent way. To find out more about veraPDF and the PREFORMA project, join us at the PREFORMA International Conference in Tallinn on 11-12 October 2017.

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PREFORMA hands-on sessions in Europe

During May 2017, successful hands-on sessions and workshops have been organised by PREFORMA in several places to explain to the participants what does conformance checking mean, why is file format validation so important in long-term digital preservation, how to create their own policy profiles and how to download, install, configure and use the conformance checker to analyse their files.

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Preservation courses at the IS&T conference Archiving 2017

Report of the course about formats for preservation organised by PREFORMA in Riga in the framework of the IS&T (Society for Imaging Science and Technology) conference Archiving 2017. The participants were introduced to an abstract and a generic overview of the meaning of "format" and digital preservation. Within that framework the value and importance of a Conformance Checker and what makes a format appropriate in a specific user case was explored.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Montreal, Canada, 8-11 August, 2017

Digital Humanities 2017

Co-organised by McGill University and the Université de Montréal, Digital Humanities 2017 (DH2017) will take place August 8-11, 2017 in downtown Montréal, Canada on the campus of McGill University. This is the premiere annual conference of the international Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO). The theme of DH2017 is “Access/Accès”.

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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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