Beeld en Geluid (Netherlands)
In the PREFORMA project, through a “precommercial procurement” approach funded by the European Commission and memory institutions across the continent, collection holders share resources to work with small companies. By sharing competencies and experiences this way, the project develops open source tools that give heritage organisations the tools to ensure the proper knowledge about how the files they keep for the long run have been built up and respond to expected and set standards.
The project assigned three file formats to develop solutions for: documents, photographs and audiovisual materials. After a selection and early design process, MediaArea, who built the widely used MediaInfo application, was awarded the contract to do standardization work on an open source format and develop a toolset to do policy checks and correct remaining errors in the build-up of incoming or existing files.
This presentation gives an overview of the development work that has gone into the building of the tools and into standardizing the chosen format – the FFv1 videocodec and LPCM audio stream in a Matroska wrapper. It will give a demonstration of how to work with the tools and bring real-life examples of archive collections that chose to use the format for their collections.
At the research & development department of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Erwin Verbruggen works on collaborative projects such as EUscreen and Preforma as a user experience and digital preservation specialist. He is a graduate from the Amsterdam MA programme ‘Preservation & Presentation of the Moving Image’ and has a background in film digitization. He interned at the Brooklyn-based human rights organization WITNESS’s video archive and is member of the film programming team of the open air film festival Pluk de Nacht.