Digital Preservation: PREFORMA Starts Prototyping Phase
From the PREFORMA Blog:
The prototyping phase of the public pre-commercial procurement project PREFORMA started on April 14th 2015, with the announcement of the three winners.
The aim of PREFORMA is to develop an open-source toolset for the conformance checking of digital files intended for long-term preservation in memory institutions.
After analysing the technical and functional specifications submitted by the six groups that completed the design phase in March 2015, PREFORMA chose the three consortia awarded with contracts for the prototyping phase. This phase will last until December 2016.
The three awardees are the veraPDF Consortium (led by the Open Preservation Foundation and the PDF Association), who will work on the compliance checker for the PDF/A standard for documents; Easy Innova, who will work on the TIFF standard for digital still images; and MediaArea, who will work on a set of open source standards for moving images, namely: the Matroska wrapper, the FFv1 video codec and LPCM for audio streams.
PREFORMA – PREservation FORMAts for culture information/e-archives – is a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project co-funded by the European Commission, under its FP7-ICT Programme. PREFORMA is open to cooperating with experts, organisations, institutions and other projects in order to find synergies and discuss opportunities for collaboration.
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