This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement no 619568
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.
NEWS FROM THE BLOG
The PREFORMA project is running a webinar series throughout September to present the three conformance checkers that are being developed for electronic documents, still images and audiovisual files. The webinars will: introduce the PREFORMA project, update participants on the current status of the conformance checkers, demonstrate the software, outline future plans, and give examples of how the community can contribute, or provide feedback.
The latest version of veraPDF is now available on the PREFORMA Open Source Portal. Keep up to date with the latest developments of veraPDF and support our efforts by downloading and testing the software. If you encounter problems, or wish to suggest improvements, please add them to the project’s GitHub issue tracker. veraPDF will be demonstrating the software at the PREFORMA Experience workshop on 23 November in Berlin.
Check out the results of the symposium organised In Berlin in conjunction with IETF’s 96th meeting and hosted by Deutsche Kinemathek, Zuse Institute Berlin, and MediaArea. The symposium brought together 70+ audiovisual archivists, technologists and format designers with a focus on the standardization of a preservation-grade audiovisual file format combination package.
On Saturday 23 July Tate hosted a workshop in London focussing on new tools to support the conservation of digital video, led by Dave Rice and Ashley Blewer. The workshop focussed on the functionalities existing with the latest versions of MediaInfo and MediaTrace accessed via the command line, and demonstrated the additional user friendly functionality being developed through MediaConch in developing policies for the technical evaluation of files.
Coex, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 5-10 September 2016
Magnus Geber from Riksarkivet will present a poster about PREFORMA at the ICA Congress 2016 in Seoul "Archives, Harmony & Friendship". The conference themes include: the changing nature of recordkeeping in the digital age; opportunities for cooperation within and outside the archival milieu; the uses and role of archives in the support of truth, justice and reconciliation; and opportunities for harmony and friendship in archival endeavours.
Washington, D.C., USA, 25-29 September 2016
The International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) 47th Annual Conference will be hosted at the Library of Congress, Washington D.C., USA, from 25-29 September 2016. Conference theme: A World of Opportunity: Audiovisual Archives and the Digital Landscape. MediaArea has been accepted for the paper 'Status of CELLAR: Update from an IETF Working Group for Archival Audiovisual Formats'.
Bern, 3-6 October 2016
iPRES is the premier international conference on the preservation and long term management of digital materials. The 13th International Conference on Digital Preservation will be held on October 3-6, 2016 in Bern, Switzerland. PREFORMA submitted a proposal for a workshop where to present the last achievements and to demonstrate the use of the conformance checkers developed by the suppliers during the prototyping phase.