DROID (Digital Record Object Identification)

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DROID (Digital Record Object Identification) is a software tool developed to perform automated batch identification of file formats.
License:BSD License
Platforms:Java 6 Standard Edition


[edit] Description

DROID (Digital Record Object Identification) is a software tool developed to perform automated batch identification of file formats. DROID is designed to meet the fundamental requirement of any digital repository to be able to identify the precise format of all stored digital objects, and to link that identification to a central registry of technical information about that format and its dependencies.

DROID uses the PRONOM signature files to perform format identification. Like PRONOM, it was developed by the National Archives of the UK. Written in Java, XML.

[edit] PRONOM

The format information held in PRONOM is what powers DROID (Digital Record Object Identification). Both are maintained by the UK's National Archives.

DROID downloads the latest signature files from PRONOM, and those are used to drive the identification process. See the PRONOM release notes.

A number of other tools and registries have been based around the PRONOM data. These include:

Although the information and website are made freely available under the Open Government License, the underlying software engine that powers PRONOM is proprietary.

[edit] The PRONOM Web API

The website is oriented towards manual browsing, but note that each PRONOM registry entry as a permalink, like this:


and furthermore, by appending '.xml' to the URL for any entry, the data can be recovered as XML:


[edit] User Experiences

[edit] Development Activity

All development activity is visible on GitHub: http://github.com/digital-preservation/droid/commits

[edit] Release Feed

Below the last 3 release feeds:

2017-08-01 14:43:10
[tag:github.com,2008:Repository/4737996/droid-6.4 droid-6.4]
by unknown
2017-07-27 09:03:39
[tag:github.com,2008:Repository/4737996/droid-6.4-RC1 droid-6.4-RC1]
by unknown
2017-03-03 09:37:17
[tag:github.com,2008:Repository/4737996/droid-6.3 v6.3]
by DavidUnderdown

[edit] Activity Feed

Below the last 5 commits:

2017-11-13 13:59:39
[tag:github.com,2008:Grit::Commit/c00507b6c1a9a03317ac148cf3f606d866690c0a Merge pull request #192 from rhubner/unix-permission]
by sulemanchaudhry https://github.com/sulemanchaudhry
2017-11-13 10:17:14
[tag:github.com,2008:Grit::Commit/1b470b44f95153f1733dca3a17338d79612639bc Fix unix permission in zip file.]
by rhubner https://github.com/rhubner
2017-10-26 10:07:58
[tag:github.com,2008:Grit::Commit/971e542a85cdbe7880c14342ece56fa23a4d2fa6 Merge pull request #191 from rhubner/nio2-test-fix]
by sulemanchaudhry https://github.com/sulemanchaudhry
2017-10-23 16:41:46
[tag:github.com,2008:Grit::Commit/86cf0193ab0f8c6c1c6954a88e4447c0019970ac Fix Derby pool.]
by rhubner https://github.com/rhubner
2017-10-23 16:41:35
[tag:github.com,2008:Grit::Commit/9fb803d5c75503fc14eb763a28c4f91761a4186b Fix build with NIO2 on windows.]
by rhubner https://github.com/rhubner


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