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Fixity Tutorial

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Fixity Tutorial OVERVIEW A short how-to and introduction to AVPreserve’s Fixity tool, a free, open source application that can support organizations or individuals by providing automated review, documentation and reporting on the integrity and attendance of stored files. In this video created by Kathryn Gronsbell, we explore the Fixity version 0.4 release for the Apple […]

Exactly version 0.1.2 released!

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Today a new version of Exactly is available for download and use. The newest upgrades include added support for FTP connection stability and a first-attempt at gathering file system metadata for targeted files before they are packaged for delivery. Both of these updates come from requests from Exactly’s growing user community. Please keep requests coming! Exactly […]

Exactly: A New Tool for Digital File Acquisitions

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Exactly is a simple and easy to use application for remotely and safely transferring any born-digital material from a sender to a recipient.

My Digitization Vendor Always Sends .md5 Files As Part Of Their Deliverables

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

A file’s checksum is a specially generated hash based on a computation of all of the individual bytes that make up the file. A variety of algorithms exist that can be used to perform this computation, e.g., MD5, SHA-1, or SHA-256. For example, an MD5 checksum is a 32-bit string that may look something like […]

Reading In: Analyzing Embedded Metadata in Digital Images

Monday, July 6th, 2015

When the news came out about accused South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof’s website and the photographs that had been posted there, I visited the site and downloaded the package of digital images out of curiosity, as an archivist, to take a look inside the images. I was interested to see the metadata, to break […]

Fixity

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Fixity is a utility for the documentation and regular review of stored files. Fixity scans a folder or directory, creating a manifest of the files including their file paths and their checksums, against which a regular comparative analysis can be run. Fixity monitors file integrity through generatio

AVCC

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

AVCC is a set of forms and guidelines developed to enable efficient item-level cataloging of audiovisual collections. Each module (Audio, Video, Film) includes individualized data entry forms and reports that quantify information such as format types, base types, target format sizes, and other data

Using Open Source and Free Tools for AV Digital Preservation Workflows

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Archiving and preservation consists of technology, people and policies. For technology in particular, digital AV archives are largely indebted and beholden to a few sizable industries: cinema, broadcast, and information technology. Commercial interests catering to the aforementioned industries have

Archival Management System (AMS)

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

The Archival Management System (AMS) is a multi-functional tool that supports management of the digitization workflow, especially useful for projects involving multiple departments or organizations. Existing functions in this open source software include: 1) Aggregation and normalization or refineme

Fixity Tutorial Now Available

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

This week AVPreserve released version 0.4 of Fixity, our free file monitoring tool. Fixity allows users to schedule regular scans of folders or whole directories to check both file integrity against stored checksums and file attendance against filesystem locations (i.e., have files been added, moved