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.




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Symposium: Preservation and Access to Born-digital Art and Culture

In the continuation of their collaborative program on Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age which started beginning of 2015, iMAL and Packed organise on 30-31 October 2015 in Brussels the first international symposium on the issues of preservation of born-digital art and culture and their public access. We hope to see you there!


From Digitization to Preservation, Creative Re-Use of Cultural Content, and Citizen Participation

E-Space, RICHES, Civic Epistemologies, PREFORMA and Photoconsortium met in a panel at DH 2015 to discuss how to establish the path towards a more advanced society, that makes use of the full potential of digital technologies to foster cultural and societal progress.


Further standardisation of Matroska and FFv1

Here are a few updates about the efforts that PREFORMA is conduction towards the further standardisation of Matroska and FFv1 thanks to MediaArea, one of the PREFORMA suppliers that is working in the prototyping phase.


Updates about the National Working Group in Sweden

20 October, 3 November and 4 November 2015: three appointments where you can learn more about PREFORMA in Sweden. Börje Justrell, Magnus Geber and Benjamin Yousefi from Riksarkivet, PREFORMA Project Coordinator, will talk in general about the project, of how to contribute, of the role of PDF/A and of the use of standardised file formats for preservation.


Digital meets Culture » preforma upcoming events

Vienna, 7-10 October 2015

FIAT/IFTA conference

The 2015 FIAT/IFTA World Conference - Audiovisual Culture, a bridge to the future - will take place in Vienna from October 7 until October 10. This year’s conference will provide a unique occasion in which archives can discuss & learn about the many challenges and innovations for archives in their quest towards the future.


Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA, 2-6 November 2015

12th International Conference on Digital Preservation

On November 6th, ArchivesSpace, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina, Educopia Institute and Internet Archive are running a workshop called "Using Open-Source Tools to Fulfill Digital Preservation Requirements". The workshop offers a space to talk about open-source software for digital preservation, and the particular challenges of developing systems and integrating them into local environments and workflows.


Portland, Oregon, 8-11 November 2015

AMIA 2015 Conference

The annual AMIA Conference is the largest gathering of motion picture and recorded sound archivists and interested professionals, involving every year more than 550 attendees from the world’s major media, library, university, military and other institutions. The paper "Validate Your Digital Assets: PREFORMA, MediaConch and File Compliance” has been accepted and will be presented by MediaArea.


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