Tag Archives: The National Archives (UK)

DROID (Digital Record Object Identification)

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.


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File Formats

One of the initiatives regarding the management of e-records at The National Archives (UK) is their PRONOM project. PRONOM is an on-line information system about data file formats and their supporting software products. Originally developed to support the accession and long-term preservation of electronic records held by the National Archives, PRONOM is now available as a resource for anyone requiring access to this type of information. PRONOM holds information about software products, and the file formats which each product can read and write. Check it out here:


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