Data Preservation and Management

veraPDF is a purpose-built, open source, file-format validator covering all PDF/A parts and conformance levels. veraPDF is designed to meet the needs of digital preservationists and is supported by the PDF software developer community.

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FixityBerry is software that runs on a Raspberry Pi computer that runs fixity scans on all hard drives connected via USB. The Pi is able to read a wide variety of drive formats because packages are available for Linux for doing this. It sends an email once scanning is complete, and shuts down the device.

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Siegfried is a PRONOM-based file format identification tool.

Key features are:

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MediaSCORE (Media Selection: Condition, Obsolescence, and Risk Evaluation) enables a detailed analysis of degradation and obsolescence risk factors for most analog and physical digital audio and video formats.

MediaRIVERS (Media Research and Instructional Value Evaluation and Ranking System) guides a structured assessment of research and instructional value for media holdings.

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WebArchivePlayer is a brand new desktop tool which provides a point-and-click wrapper for viewing web archive files (WARC and ARC). The player allows users to browse web archive files, such as those created via https://webrecorder.io locally on their desktop. Once downloaded, no internet connection is necessary in order to browse the archive.

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The PERICLES Extraction Tool (PET) is an open source (Apache 2 licensed) Java software for the extraction of significant information from the environment where digital objects are created and modified. This information supports object use and reuse, e.g. for a better long-term preservation of data.

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OpenWayback is an open source Java application designed to query and access archived web material. It was first released by the Internet Archive in September 2005, based on the (then) perl-based Internet Archive Wayback Machine, to enable public distribution of the application and increase its maintainability and extensibility.

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Scholarly researchers today are increasingly required to engage in a range of data management activities to comply with institutional policies, or as a precondition for publication or grant funding. Data management plans are now a standard part of grant proposals for most funding agencies.

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