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
Now that the PREFORMA prototypes are complete and functionally stable, the PREFORMA project is organising a series of hands-on session and training seminars to explain to the participants what does conformance checking mean, why is file format validation so important in long-term digital preservation, how to create their own policy profiles and how to download, install, configure and use the conformance checker to analyse their files.
The veraPDF software is capable of more than just PDF/A validation. It also provides a policy checker capable of carrying out custom PDF document checks beyond the scope of PDF/A validation. In this webinar we’ll be giving a demonstration of the policy checker, providing a brief, non-technical overview of the supporting technologies, helping you to get started, and showing how to report issues and get help.
Hosted at the Botanical Garden in Padua, the PREFORMA Innovation Workshop brought together more than 100 attendees interested in digital preservation and cultural heritage to present the open source conformance checkers developed in the project and discuss about the business models that can be built around them. The presentations delivered at the workshop are now available to download on the PREFORMA website.
The latest version of veraPDF is now available to download on the PREFORMA Open Source Portal. This release is the first of the PREFORMA testing phase and it is focused on bug fixing and improvements of the test infrastructure, conformance checker and policy checker and on the improvement of the user documentation. Testing and user feedback is key to improving the software. Please download and test the latest release. If you encounter problems, or wish to suggest improvements, please add them to the project’s GitHub issue tracker.
Berlin, 15-16 May 2017
After the success of the 2016 edition, with over 150 attendees from all over the world and over 50 presentations, the PDF Days Europe 2017 will be held in Berlin again, giving visitors plenty of opportunity to learn about the applications and benefits of PDF, PDF/A, PDF/UA and more. Across two days, you’ll be able to choose from German- and English- language presentations, user reports and workshops in order to assemble your own personal package of PDF knowledge.
Riga, 15-18 May 2017
The IS&T Archiving Conference brings together an international community of imaging experts and technicians as well as curators, managers, and researchers from libraries, archives, museums, records management repositories, information technology institutions, and commercial enterprises to explore and discuss the field of digitization of cultural heritage and archiving.
Amsterdam, 28-30 May 2017
The Reel Thing addresses current thinking and most advanced practical examples of progress in the field of preservation, restoration and media conservation. A special 40th edition of the ongoing technical symposium will take place in Amsterdam on May 28-30, 2017, in conjunction with the EYE International Conference 2017. The event, organised in cooperation with with EYE Filmmuseum Amsterdam and the Association of Moving Image Archivists, will focus on the wide range of critical issues facing archivists, technicians, asset managers and curators of image and sound in the current media/digital landscape.