The Unified Digital Format Registry (UDFR) has been released to the public. The UDFR is a reliable, publicly accessible, and sustainable knowledge base of file format representation information for use by the digital preservation community. The UDFR seeks to “unify” the function and holdings of two existing registries, PRONOM and GDFR (the Global Digital Format Registry), in an open source, semantically enabled, and community supported platform. The UDFR was developed by the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library (CDL), funded by the Library of Congress as part of its National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program (NDIIPP).
Category Archives: Archival Technologies
Chris Prom released a case study on his Practical E-Record blog about his experiences with testing Archivematica:
As stated on the project website, “The Digital Collections and Archives is wrapping up a three-year National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) electronic records Program Expansion Project grant to support the Tufts Accessioning Program for Electronic Records (TAPER). A key component of the TAPER Project was the development of a systematized process for accessioning electronic records. Out of this project came the Submission Agreement Builder Tool (SABT) which we are actively using to create Transfer Agreement Forms, not just for our electronic records accessions, but for all our accessions.” On the website you can view the latest SABT code.
As stated on the project’s wiki, “DROID is a software tool developed by The National Archives UK to perform automated batch identification of file formats. Developed by its Digital Preservation Department as part of its broader digital preservation activities, DROID is designed to meet the fundamental requirement of any digital repository to be able to identify the precise format of all stored digital objects, and to link that identification to a central registry of technical information about that format and its dependencies.” The wiki has downloads and documentation.
The University of California Curation Center (UC3) has created Merritt, which is a new cost-effective repository service. Merritt lets the UC community manage, archive, and share digital content. It has a dark archive feature and uses data grid technology.
As stated on the Duke University Archives webpage, “The Duke DataAccessioner was built out of the need for a simple GUI interface to allow technical services staff an easy way of migrating data off disks and onto a file server for basic preservation, further appraisal, arrangement, & description.” For more information, and to review the plugins and downloads, visit the project website.
NDIIPP has an extensive list of tools and services that were designed, developed or used by NDIIPP partners during their projects. The Library encourages NDIIPP partners and others in the preservation community to take advantage of the work and resources of our partners. The inventory includes a range of tools that can assist with webpage archiving, ingesting e-records, metadata management, etc.
Drexel Archives and Special Collections have archived numerous university websites through Achive-It. For those of you interested in assessing Archive-It as a tool to archive websites be sure to check out the extensive Drexel Archive-It site.
Check out Mike Shallcross’ blog entry detailing the current MeMail e-mail archiving project undertaken at the University of Michigan by the Bentley Historical Library. The goal of the project is to pair records management tools and techniques with outreach and education directed towards records creators, and it is looking at email and other digital content. The current project tasks are looking at how to automate portions of the workflow and to develop resources to manage content.