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Workshop on preservation and JHOVE2

A workshop on digital preservation and JHOVE2 will be held at FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) in Rome, Italy on May 23-27. Presenters will include Stephen Abrams and Perry Willett from California Digital Library, Tom Cramer from Stanford, and Sheila Morrissey from Portico. Days 1 and 2 (on preservation) are free; there is a $300 fee for the JHOVE2 tutorial.

JHOVE2 tutorial at IS&T Archiving

Forwarded from Stephen Abrams:

The JHOVE2 project team will be presenting a one day tutorial on the use of JHOVE2 at the IS&T Archiving conference on May 16.



JHOVE2 is an open source framework and application for next generation format-aware characterization of digital objects. Characterization is the process of deriving representation information about a formatted digital object that is indicative of its significant nature and useful for purposes of classification, analysis, and use in digital curation, preservation, and repository contexts. JHOVE2 builds on the success of the original JHOVE characterization tool by addressing known limitations and offering significant new functions, including: object-focused, rather than file-focused, characterization; signature-based file level identification using DROID; aggregate-level identification based on configurable file system naming conventions; rules-based assessment to support determinations of object acceptability in addition to validation conformity; and extensive user configuration options.

The 2011 release of JHOVE2 represents the availability of a significant new tool for digital preservation; this course will provide a broad overview of JHOVE2, as well as detailed information on its functionality, architecture, use in local workflows, and open source community.

Course Objectives:

This short course will give attendees both a broad conceptual overview and detailed information on JHOVE2, and equip them to use the open source tool in their local environments. Specifically, the course will:

  • Define the role of file characterization, including identification, feature extraction, validation, and assessment, in digital curation and preservation workflows.
  • Review the functionality of the JHOVE2 application, including the significant enhancements relative to JHOVE, and new capabilities based on object- and aggregate-level characterization
  • Detail the architecture, componentry, design patterns and Java API’s of the JHOVE2 framework, as well as the configuration options for plug-in modules, characterization strategies and results formatting
  • Demonstrate the use of JHOVE2’s new rule-based assessment capabilities, and integrating these into local workflows to determine object acceptability
  • Cover the community framework for the project, and how individual institutions can both contribute new format modules as well as resources to help extend and sustain the open source project.

Intended Audience:

This course is designed for technologists and practitioners (developers, managers, analysts and administrators) engaged in digital curation, preservation, and repository activities, and whose work is dependent on an understanding of the format and pertinent characteristics of digital assets.

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: http://jhove2.org

 For more information on iPRES 2010, and to register for the workshop and conference, see the conference website: http://www.ifs.tuwien.ac.at/dp/ipres2010/

iPres 2009 proceedings available

The proceedings from iPres 2009 are now available online. Of particular interest in the area of file formats is “MIXED: Repository of Durable File Format Conversion.”

Thanks to Digitization 101 for the link.

PDF/A Seminar in Washington

A seminar on PDF/A will be held in Washington, DC, on March 26. The registration fee is $125. PDF/A is a restricted subset of PDF designed to promote long-term data viability for the purpose of preservation.

The press release contains a bizarre statement:

“At this time, the use of PDF/A is not mandatory in the United States,” said Betsy Fanning, Director, Standards and Member Services, AIIM, “however, that is changing.” “We are learning of draft legislation that is being debated that will make the use of PDF/A mandatory for preserving electronic documents.”

Congress has neither the right nor the technical competence to order us to use particular file formats. Hopefully this was an out-of-context quote about the government’s own use of PDF/A, though even there legislation requiring a specific subset of a specific format would be very strange.

iPRES 2010 call for papers

iPRES 2010 (September 19-24, Vienna) has issued a call for papers. Submissions are due by May 5, and final versions by July 11.

PASIG in Boston

I’ll be at the Sun PASIG (Preservation and Archives SIG) at Northeastern University tomorrow.

ECA 2010

By way of Digitization 101: ECA 2010, the 8th European Conference on Digital Archiving, will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on April 28-30, 2010. The announcement is in German; here’s a quick translation.

From April 28 through 30, 2010, the European Converence on Digital Archiving will take place in Geneva. This stands in the tradition of European archiving conferences of the last decade. With the accent on the digital, and archiving as a function rather than the archive as an institution, the conference will set new priorities. The future will be digital; we will maintain the analog tradition; the archive of the future must have a safe refuge for the analog and digital trails of the past. That is our responsibility.

We are sure that you can expect an attractive and rich conference program.

I know German, but not natively, so I offer my apologies for any clumsiness and mixed metaphors.

JHOVE2 at iPres

Unfortunately, I wasn’t in California for the post-iPres workshop on JHOVE2, but there is some information online. The JHOVE2 project presentations page includes a short and a long version of the slides. An early version of the code has been made available for testing and progress continues.

Planets digital preservation conference

The Planets project will host a three-day training event on digital preservation in Bern, Switzerland, on November 17-19, 2009. According to the announcement: “Day 1 will consider the case for preserving digital objects, the technical issues involved, and the Planets framework, tools and services. On days 2 and 3 delegates will gain hands-on experience of working with Planets and a scenario (sample collection) to develop a preservation plan and preserve digital objects.”

Day 1 is recommended for “Heads of IT, Curation and Preservation, CEOs and preservation/curation/IT staff.” Days 2-3 are recommended for “digital preservation staff (e.g. librarians, archivists, digital librarians and archivists, repository managers, software developers, policy managers etc.).”

Attendance is limited.