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
On 12th of May 2015, Sònia Oliveras from the Municipal Archive of Girona presented PREFORMA at the Study Visit of the Leonardo da Vinci Project in Girona. This study visit was developed through several workshops about digitalisation, publication in Europeana and digital preservation.
The three consortia awarded with contracts for the prototyping phase - veraPDF consortium, Easy Innova and MediaArea - start development on open source file compliance checkers for documents, still images and moving image materials. This phase will last until December 2016.
On 26 March 2015 PREFORMA underwent its first review, obtaining an excellent evaluation. The EC reviewers gave the consortium useful recommendations to improve the networking activities and to start planning the testing phase.
The article "Digital curation and quality standards for memory institutions: PREFORMA research project" has just been published in the Archive Science Journal - S.I. Digital Curation - and it is available as 'Online First' on SpringerLink.
Bert Lemmens presents selecting preservation formats in Lleida
On 28-30 May 2015, in Lleida, the XV Archive Congress of Catalonia is being held, aimed at investigating and developing best practice for digital preservation. As PREFORMA Project representative, Bert Lemmens from PACKED is intervening with a speech on “Selecting Formats for Digital Preservation”.
Västerås (Sweden), 2-4 June 2015
The 12th International Conference on Wearable Micro and Nano Technologies for Personalized Healht, pHealth 2015, will be arranged in Västerås, Sweden, on 2-4 June 2015. PREFORMA will be represented by Peter Pharow from Fraunhofer IDMT, who will present the aspect of digital preservation and PREFORMA project during a session on archiving of medical and health data.
Brussels, 12 June 2015
The Workshop will be a great opportunity to meet MSP members, procurement managers, policymakers and ICT suppliers to discuss how to effectively reduce lock-in by using Open Standards. Best practice examples have been carefully selected to match the needs and wants of all potential participants.