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What’s Up, (with Google) Docs? – The Challenge of Native Cloud Formats

Paul Young is Digital Preservation Specialist/Researcher at The National Archives UK The Challenge The National Archives has recently been looking at the issue of transferring material from departments with Google Workspace Environments (previously GSuite). The rise in cloud document management has brought new challenges which require changes to existing processes and methods.  One of the biggest issues is dealing with the Google native cloud formats produced by the suite of...

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DPA2018 Winners Webinars: EPISODE 3 - Navigating the PDF/A Standard

The Digital Preservation Awards 2018 (DPA2018) Winners Webinar Series provides an opportunity to learn more about some of the latest and best digital preservation initiatives, recently celebrated by the Digital Preservation Awards on World Digital Preservation Day 2018 in Amsterdam. Each episode explores the winning entry for each category of the Digital Preservation Awards, providing an overview of each initiative, investigating how their work might be used within the community, and...

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PDFS: When a Standard isn’t Standard in your Collections

Leslie Johnston is Director of Digital Preservation at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington DC, USA In 2017 the DPC announced its “Bit List” of Digitally Endangered Species as a crowd-sourcing exercise to discover which digital materials our community thinks are most at risk, as well as those which are relatively safe thanks to digital preservation. The “Items of Concern” portion of the list included PDF, a format bearing some discussion...

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A valediction for validation?

This blog post is an expansion and update of a reply I made to the digipres listerv in response to a query from Bernadette Houghton. It's also part of a response I began making at the Apres iPRES unconference to colleagues who were concerned I wasn't being disruptive enough at this year's iPRES (bless you all). The spirit of this blog post is for them. This is what Bernadette asked: "I’m currently doing some research into file format validators (e.g. and during...

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Digital Preservation Milestones at the University of Sheffield

Chris Loftus is Digital Preservation Manager at the University of Sheffield Western Bank Library in the UK The first International Digital Preservation day allows us an opportunity to reflect on some of the milestones and significant events so far in the implementation of the University of Sheffield’s Digital Preservation programme. The Library became one of the early adopters of Rosetta, a Digital Preservation solution provided by ExLibris, in 2015. Following installation Rosetta...

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Plans are my reality

{jcomments on} Yvonne Tunnat is Preservation Manager at the ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics I was fresh from university when I started my job as a preservation manager in October 2011 at the ZBW. Having taken a module named “Digital Preservation” during my studies of library and information science and after a 9-week-internship at the Digital Preservation Department of the university of Utah, I obviously was the best they could find for the job, although I knew next...

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If I had a time machine: Letter to past-DP-newbie-me

{jcomments on} Michelle Lindlar is Digital Preservation Team Leader at Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) in Germany. Dear past self, You left your IT job a couple of months ago to work in digital preservation. It seemed like a really exciting and good fit given your background and interests. I think you’re still trying to work out the culture shock of working in a public service environment and trying to figure out what digipres is ‘zactly. I thought a few pointers and...

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PDF/Eh? redux: putting veraPDF into practice. Or how I rediscovered my inner geek

{jcomments on} Ancient history: how we got here Way back in 2013 the DPC collaborated with the OPF on a project called SPRUCE. Following on from the success of another little project called AQUA, and with some very handy funding from the Jisc, we ran a bunch of mashup events and got hands on with all sorts of digital preservation challenges. The management of PDF files, and particularly risk assessment, was a recurring theme. In response, the SPRUCE project held a hackathon in Leeds where...

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DPA 2014: Jpylyzer, a JP2 validator and extractor - KB (National Library of the Netherlands) and Partners

The JPEG 2000 standard and its JP2 still image format are steadily gaining popularity in the archival community. An increasing number of cultural heritage institutions are now using JP2 as the preferred format for the storage of preservation masters and access copies within large-scale digitisation programs. If JP2 is used as a preservation format, it is vital to ensure that images are not damaged, and that they are compliant with the format’s specifications. In addition, institutions may have...

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