One for the floppy crowd - a simple disk imaging workflow tool (basically a simple graphical front-end around dd and ddrescue)

UPDATE: OPF call was this morning, and codestream validation in jpylyzer will happen! (already did a quick test last week which confirmed this is easy to implement)

An email I got yesterday about validating JPEG 2000-encoded video frames made me think about adding an option to jpylyzer for validating raw JPEG 2000 codestreams (through the Python API and the CLI). Is this something anyone would find useful? (Next week there'll be a call with OPF about the priorities for an upcoming jpylyzer release by the end of 2019, so if this is something people are interested let me know so I can try to push it up the priority list!)

Working on a lecture for next week inspired me to properly condense all my bookmarked emulation resources into one basket, and put the list out there for everyone.

If you've got favored blogs/papers/guides for emulation, please contribute and share!!

Following a couple of days of digging, dusting and editing, restored versions of all preservation-themed blogs I've written since 2010 are now available here Will probably use this as my main blogging platform from now on.

Wrote a new blog post on recovering ’90s data tapes, with links to full workflow descriptions (including hardware configuration), easy to use recovery software and tonnes of other tape-related resources

Out now: new release of the tapeimgr tape extraction tool. Now with improved metadata support (incl entry of identifiers, descriptions and annotations through GUI or CLI). Default output dir is now configurable as well

New tool klaxon red alert! First public pre-release of tapeimgr, a simple tape imaging and extraction tool (GUI + CLI). Details here:

Python-based tape extraction tool (GUI + CLI) is shaping up nicely (code will follow once I've sorted out some remaining details) ....

Last fall I wrote a bunch of Apache Tika mimetype patterns for detecting various versions of Lotus 1-2-3 and Quattro Pro spreadsheets. Almost forgot about this, then I just saw they're finally merged into Tika's master branch

this rings so true omg "Contrary to common belief, the volume of face-to-face interaction decreased significantly (approx. 70%) in [two field studies transitions to open office plans], with an associated increase in electronic interaction. In short, rather than prompting increasingly vibrant face-to-face collaboration, open architecture appeared to trigger a natural human response to socially withdraw from officemates and interact instead over email and IM." rstb.royalsocietypublishing.or

Does anyone have any thoughts advice on how to crawl a website from localhost with wget, while preserving all files in the source directory? More context here:

Thanks @joe for writing this incredibly useful FRED guide Looks like a must-read resource for anyone working on reading/imaging born-digital content from old media!

Semi-stealth launch of a new digpres blog from me.
It's hosted on github pages so if you have any suggestions, contact me or log an issue on the repo.

For those interested in the omSipCreator tool (which creates ingest-ready SIPS with METS files from batches of optical media images), I did some major refactoring on the code and added some more documentation. All available at

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