On December 6, 2010, in Research, by Chris Prom

As I’ve noted in the past, it is vitally important that file formats be correctly identified if we wish to preserve them for future preservation and use.  The best tool to do this, DROID, relies on the PRONOM database.

For that reason, I was pleased to see that the National Archives (UK) just announced a major expansion of the database. This work should be immediately available to anyone using DROID, and hopefully the results of this work are able to be made available in other tools, such as the Duke Data Accessioner and Archivematica, which use DROID—when the signature files are updated.

I also noted that the UDRF project, which seeks to provide a long-term replacement to PRONOM and the GDFR project, has now received funding from the NDIIP, and is moving into an active development phase.  Details are a bit sparse, but I hope to hear more at the 6th International Digital Curation Conference, where I’ll be presenting later this week.  It looks like may be a live feed of the conference (or at least some interviews, tweets, etc) at an idcc Netvibes site.

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