Monthly Archives: April 2013

Files that Last

Just in case you don’t follow the other channels in which I’ve been talking it up, Files that Last, my new e-book on digital preservation for “everygeek,” is now out. It covers issues of backup, archiving, file formats, and long-term planning. Right now it’s available from Smashwords, Kobo, and the iTunes Store. It hasn’t shown up on Amazon yet, but I expect it will soon.

I’m not exactly impartial on this, but I think you’ll find it a valuable resource for preservation planning on the personal level and for large and small organizations.

Slide show on FITS progress

Last Friday’s CURATEcamp AVpres was a collaboration between several physical sites, using Google Hangout and IRC. I’d been asked if I could do a lightning presentation online on my work on FITS, but I had a commitment on the 19th, so Andrea Goethals at the Harvard Library said she’d do one.

That, unfortunately, was the day the Tsarnaev brothers went on their spree in Cambridge, and Harvard was closed for the day. Paul Wheatley picked up the job on short notice and did a presentation; the slide show is online. Paul suggested people should look at the work I’m putting on the Github repository after I’m finished at the end of April, but I wouldn’t mind if people tried it out now, while I’m still devoting my time to the project.


A simple but useful tool that’s part of FITS’s collection is FFident, written by Marco Schmidt. He apparently is no longer maintaining it, and its page disappeared from the Web but was retained on the Internet Archive. It seemed like a good idea to make it more readily available, so I’ve put it, using its LGPL license, into a Github repository.

FITS uses its own copy of the source code, so this really isn’t tested at all in its own right, but it’s there for people to play with. I added a build.xml file and organized the code the way Eclipse likes it. I don’t have any plans to support it, but if anyone wants to play with it, it’s there.