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.
Homepage:http://digital-preservation.github.io/droid/
License:BSD License
Platforms:Java 6 Standard Edition
Input Formats:PREMIS (Preservation Metadata Implementation Strategies)
Function:File Format Identification,Metadata Extraction
Appears in COW:Creating a SIP from content downloaded from OneDrive (or other Cloud based source), Digital archiving workflow (high-level), LAC Pre-Ingest Workflow, Workflow for ingesting digitized books into a digital archive



Description[edit]

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.


PRONOM[edit]

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.


The PRONOM Web API[edit]

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

   http://apps.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pronom/fmt/579

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

   http://apps.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pronom/fmt/579.xml

User Experiences[edit]

Development Activity[edit]

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


Release Feed[edit]

Below the last 3 release feeds:

2022-01-07 15:49:54
[tag:github.com,2008:Repository/4737996/droid-6.5.2 droid-6.5.2]
by sparkhi
2020-05-01 11:04:35
[tag:github.com,2008:Repository/4737996/droid-6.5 6.5 Release]
by jcharlet
2020-03-27 17:04:19
[tag:github.com,2008:Repository/4737996/droid-6.5-RC3 6.5 Release Candidate 3]
by jcharlet


Activity Feed[edit]

Below the last 5 commits:

2022-01-26 15:46:50
[tag:github.com,2008:Grit::Commit/0f06192dee903db5ff3eb825b7df5df3e0b6d4c5 Merge pull request #708 from digital-preservation/dependabot/maven/or…]
by adamretter https://github.com/adamretter
2022-01-26 15:12:49
[tag:github.com,2008:Grit::Commit/76cb3efbbafd5c93a8ff42a7915e2dca959dbe5a build(deps): bump mockito-core from 4.3.0 to 4.3.1]
by dependabot https://github.com/dependabot
2022-01-25 19:49:56
[tag:github.com,2008:Grit::Commit/75c01840624462749b79387f43a0541abd7bea69 Merge pull request #705 from digital-preservation/dependabot/maven/or…]
by adamretter https://github.com/adamretter
2022-01-25 15:10:46
[tag:github.com,2008:Grit::Commit/127b6d5f10def56b8898c2d996a7a62c7207a9c9 build(deps): bump slf4j-api from 1.7.33 to 1.7.35]
by dependabot https://github.com/dependabot
2022-01-24 21:41:02
[tag:github.com,2008:Grit::Commit/58de61fa943685bfb1c43be32e6519100ad15b16 Merge pull request #704 from digital-preservation/dependabot/maven/or…]
by adamretter https://github.com/adamretter


About Formats[edit]

DROID do only read the format itself, not the spesification as such