Monthly Archives: July 2010

WOFF 1.0

W3C’s WebFonts Working Group has announced WOFF 1.0 (working draft), a format for encapsulating and compressing font data. The name WOFF apparently doesn’t stand for anything in particular. WOFF isn’t a font format apart from existing formats, but a way to package fonts on the Web. Additional metadata can be attached to a WOFF file to identify the font’s origin and restrictions.

WOFF working draft

JHOVE2 tutorial at iPRES 2010

Percy Willett has announced:

The JHOVE2 project team is holding a full day tutorial on the use of JHOVE2 on September 19, 2010, in conjunction with the iPRES 2010 conference in Vienna, Austria.

 The main topics covered during the tutorial will be:

  • The role of characterization in digital curation and preservation workflows.
  • An overview of the JHOVE2 project: requirements, methodology, and deliverables.
  • Demonstration of the JHOVE2 application.

  • Architectural review of the JHOVE2 framework and Java APIs.
  • Integration of JHOVE2 technology into existing or planned systems, services, and workflows.
  • Third-party development of conformant JHOVE2 modules.
  • Building and sustaining the JHOVE2 user community.

This tutorial is an updated and expanded version of the workshop presented at iPRES 2009 in San Francisco. This tutorial will closely follow the production release of JHOVE2 and will incorporate significant new material arising from the second year of project work.
The targeted audience for the tutorial includes digital curation, preservation, and repository managers, analysts, tool users and developers, and other practitioners and technologists whose work is dependent on an understanding of the format and pertinent characteristics of digital assets.

 For more information on JHOVE2, see the project wiki at:

 For more information on iPRES 2010, and to register for the workshop and conference, see the conference website:

What is the status of ZIP?

Is the ZIP format in the public domain? Partly? Completely? Not at all? See an interesting discussion by Rick Jelliffe.

Rule Interchange Format

W3C has announced Rule Interchange Format (RIF) as a new Recommendation. RIF is intended for porting rules (e.g., for filtering, categorization, business processes, etc.) among heterogeneous rule systems. It’s particularly aimed at the Semantic Web, as discussed here and here.