FITS - The File Information Tool Set

Last updated December 11, 2012. Created by Randy Stern on January 18, 2012.
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The File Information Tool Set (FITS) identifies, validates, and extracts technical metadata for various file formats. It wraps several third-party open source tools, normalizes and consolidates their output, and reports any errors. FITS was created by the Harvard Library for use in its Digital Repository Service (DRS).

The current tools used are:

* Jhove (LGPL version 2.1 or any later version)
* Exiftool (GPL version 1 or any later version; or the artistic license)
* National Library of New Zealand Metadata Extractor (Apache Public License version 2)
* DROID (BSD (new version))
* FFIdent (LGPL)
o Note that the live site for ffident which was seems to have disappeared - we are now linking to Internet Archive's version of the ffident website.
* File Utility (windows) (revised BSD)

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