The state of JHOVE

As you may have noticed, I’ve been neglectful of JHOVE since last September, when 1.11 came out. Issues are continuing to arise, and people are still using it, and I’m not getting anything done about them.

The problem is that my current job has rather long hours, and when I come home from it, looking at more Java code isn’t at the top of my list of things to do. I’m very glad people are still using JHOVE, close to a decade after I started work on it as a contractor to the Harvard Library, but I’m not getting anything actually done.

It would help if there were more contributions from others, and its being on the moribund SourceForge isn’t helping. I think I could undertake the energy to move it to Github, where more contributors might be interested. There’s already a Mavenized version by Andy Jackson there, which doesn’t include the Java source code but provides some important scaffolding and pom.xml files. It probably makes sense to start by forking this. This migration should also make the horrible JHOVE build procedure easier.

If this is something you’d like to see, let me know. I’d like some reassurance that this will actually help before I start.

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