Scholars Portal Registry of File Formats

1.Policy Statement

SP requires immediate identification of the type of file format sent by the publisher in order to help mitigate risk posed by format obsolescence. To this end, SP employs the use of DROID, JHOVE and PRONOM through the FITS software package.

While Scholars Portal is not dependent on or restricted to any particular format or group of formats, it aims to use well-known, widely accepted formats that support long-term preservation. If a publisher wants to use a specific format not meeting these criteria, an agreement must be reached between the publisher and SP.

2. Implementation Examples

2.1. DROID

2.2. JHOVE

2.3. PRONOM

Example characterization and reference to format registry:

<PREMIS:format>
   <PREMIS:formatDesignation>
      <PREMIS:formatName>Acrobat PDF 1.4 - Portable Document Format</PREMIS:formatName>
      <PREMIS:formatVersion>1.4</PREMIS:formatVersion>
   </PREMIS:formatDesignation>
   <PREMIS:formatRegistry>
      <PREMIS:formatRegistryName>http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pronom</PREMIS:formatRegistryName>
      <PREMIS:formatRegistryKey>fmt/18</PREMIS:formatRegistryKey>
   </PREMIS:formatRegistry> 
</PREMIS:format>

3. References

  1. Sourceforge.net. (2009). DROID. Retrieved from http://droid.sourceforge.net /
  2. Harvard University Library. (2009, February 25). JHOVE – JSTOR/Harvard Object Validation Environment. Retrieved from http://hul.harvard.edu/jhove
  3. The National Archives. The Technical Registry PRONOM. Retrieved from
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/PRONOM/Default.aspx

4. Document History

Version

Date

Change

Author

0.1

09/27/11

Draft created

Aurianne Steinman

0.2

09/29/11

Formatted

Aurianne Steinman

0.3

10/28/11

Minor edits

Steve Marks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See also:

Environmental Monitoring of Preservation Formats