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.




Digital meets Culture » preforma news

New release of DPF Manager

A new release of DPF Manager is now available for download in the PREFORMA Open Source Portal. DPF Manager is an application and a framework designed to allow end users and developers to gain full control over the technical properties and structure of TIFF images intended for Long Term Preservation. The main objective is to give memory institutions full control of the process of the conformity checks of files.


Updates on MediaConch: October release and upcoming events

October’s release of MediaConch (v15.10) features a brand new implementation checker concentrating on Matroska and EBML conformance checks, as well as several illustrative policy sets allowing users to carry out conformance checking on preservation master files, among other workflows. Dave Rice and Ashley Blewer will be presenting on MediaConch at the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Conference in Portland, OR, USA (20 Nov).


Complete PDF/A-1b coverage now available in the 0.6 release of veraPDF

The veraPDF consortium is pleased to announce that the latest release of the veraPDF PDF/A validation software and test-suite currently under development is now available in the PREFORMA Open Source Portal. Led by the Open Preservation Foundation and the PDF Association, the veraPDF consortium is developing the definitive open source, file-format validator for all parts and conformance levels of ISO 19005 (PDF/A).


MoU between PREFORMA and Europeana Space

A new agreement has been signed between PREFORMA (represented by the Project Coordinator Borje Justrell) and Europeana Space (represented by the Technical Coordinator Antonella Fresa). The main objective of this agreement is the integration of the open source tools developed in PREFORMA (that control if a file complies with standard specifications and with other acceptance criteria specified by memory institutions) in the Technical Space of Europeana Space.


Digital meets Culture » preforma upcoming events

Vilnius, 25 - 27 November

eChallenges e-2015 Conference & Exhibition

PREFORMA project has been invited to disseminate its results and papers via the eChallenges e-2015 Conference & Exhibition organised in Vilnius, Lithuania from 25 - 27 November 2015 with the support of the European Commission.


Warsaw, 3-4 December 2015

EUscreenXL Final International Conference

Content in Motion: Curating Europe’s Audiovisual Heritage is the second and final international conference organised by EUscreenXL. During two eventful days the EUscreen network will involve archivists, curators, broadcasters and researchers to discuss the benefits and challenges arising from the openness of archives and collections in the digital age.


Tallinn, 10-11 December 2015

Creative reuse of cultural heritage and contemporary practices

Creative reuse of cultural heritage and contemporary practices - hallenges and opportunities in the digital world is the second international conference of Europeana Space. A delegation of PREFORMA partners will attend the Conference, organized in Tallinn on 10-11 December 2015 by the Estonian Ministry of Culture, to discuss possible cooperation opportunities between the two projects.


Official Media Partner: Digital Meets Culture.

Designed & Powered by: Promoter SRL.