This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement no 619568
08,30 – 09,00 Registration
09,00 – 09,10 Welcome messages (Maristella Agosti, Department of Information Engineering, University of Padua), download PDF
09,10 – 09,30 Introduction to the PREFORMA project (Börje Justrell, National Archives of Sweden), download PDF
09,30 – 10,15 Keynote speech: The challenges of digital preservation as a public mission (Marco De Niet, DEN Foundation), download PDF
Already 15 years ago we saw the emergence of the first public institutional repositories and the formal acknowledgement of the OAIS reference model as a guiding principle for digital archiving in libraries and archives. In 2017 digital preservation has become an established research field in the world of information sciences; however many cultural heritage institutions have not yet been able to safeguard their digital collections according to international standards for digital archiving. Some institutions wait for appropriate legislation, others wait for better economic conditions or best practices to follow. In the meantime, privately managed digital information services have conquered the world, challenging public institutions to reassess their mandates, their strategies and their information services. In this presentation Marco de Niet will address these challenges of public memory institutions in the digital age, calling for a stronger collective and international approach to safeguard the public role of digital archiving in the global knowledge society.
10,15 – 10,45 Coffee break
10,45 – 11,30 Keynote speech: Business models for open source projects (Evelyn McLellan, Artefactual Systems Inc.), download PDF
The last decade or so has seen an explosion in the number of open-source software tools designed to assist archives, libraries and museums to preserve digital content and make it available online. Some institutions have been drivers of this change; some have been gradually drawn in as funders and implementers; and some have lagged behind, as yet unable to take advantage of new technologies to achieve their mandates to acquire, preserve and present digital content. Understanding some of the barriers to using open-source technology relies in part on understanding how the tools are developed, maintained and supported for use by the community. Beyond developing the tools themselves, what roles do different types of organizations (public, non-profit, commercial) play in making these tools available and usable? How does a software tool move from the the testing or proof-of-concept stage to being accepted and used for production processes? This keynote will draw on the experiences of the presenter, who has worked for eight years for a company that develops and supports open-source software tools for digital preservation and online access.
Chair and rapporteur: Melanie Imming, LIBER
Panellists: Marco de Niet, Evelyn McLellan, Börje Justrell, Carl Wilson, Josep Lluis De La Rosa, David Rice
13,00 – 14,00 Lunch break
14,00 – 14,30 veraPDF: An industry-supported PDF/A conformance checker (Carl Wilson, Open Preservation Foundation; Boris Doubrov, Dual Labs), download PDF
A unique collaboration, the veraPDF Consortium brings together an end user community and a software industry rooted in the principle of interoperability based on ISO standardized technology. The veraPDF consortium generates an authoritative corpora of test files and executes the development of a purpose built implementation checker, associated policy checker optimized for the use of digital preservationists, and metadata fixer software. The veraPDF consortium’s end product is an industry-supported conformance checking software for PDF/A-1, PDF/A-2 and PDF/A-3 under GPLv3 or later and MPLv2 or later open source licenses together with a substantial and enthusiastic community supporting and extending the model.
14,30 – 15,00 DPF Manager: Digital preservation formats manager (Miquel Montaner and Xavier Tarrés Bonet, Easy Innova; Josep Lluis De La Rosa, University of Girona), download PDF
DPF Manager is an open source modular TIFF conformance checker that is extremely easy to use, to integrate with existing and new projects, and to deploy in a multitude of different scenarios. It is designed to help archivists and digital content producers ensure that TIFF files are fit for long term preservation, and is able to automatically suggest improvements and correct preservation issues. The team developing it has decades of experience working with image formats and digital preservation, and has leveraged the support of 60+ memory institutions to draft a new ISO-standardized recommendation aimed at ensuring the long-term digital preservation of TIFF files (TI/A – Tagged Image for Archival).
MediaConch (CONformance CHecking for audiovisual files) is an extensible, open source software project consisting of an implementation checker, policy checker, reporter and fixer that targets preservation-level audiovisual files (specifically Matroska, Linear Pulse Code Modulation (LPCM) and FF Video Codec 1 (FFV1)) for use in memory institutions, providing detailed and batch-level conformance checking via an adaptable and flexible application program interface accessible by the command line, a graphical user interface, or a web-based shell. MediaConch is currently being developed by the MediaArea team, notable for the creation of open source media checker software, MediaInfo. Furthermore, the MediaArea team is dedicated to the further development of the standardization of the Matroska and FFV1 formats to ensure their longevity as a recommended digital preservation file format.
15,30 – 16,00 Coffee break
16,00 – 18,00 Visit to the exhibition, where the three suppliers (veraPDF Consortium, Easy Innova and MediaArea) will demonstrate live the file format validation tools.