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
Function:File Format Identification,Metadata Extraction
Appears in COW:Creating a SIP from content downloaded from OneDrive (or other Cloud based source), 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:

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
2020-03-18 11:52:36
[tag:github.com,2008:Repository/4737996/droid-6.5-RC2 6.5 Release Candidate 2]
by jcharlet


Activity Feed[edit]

Below the last 5 commits:

2021-07-14 12:53:17
[tag:github.com,2008:Grit::Commit/88025712d0d17056f78c8dbde3d0cd9cf10e7a70 Merge pull request #639 from digital-preservation/dependabot/maven/co…]
by adamretter https://github.com/adamretter
2021-07-14 12:53:02
[tag:github.com,2008:Grit::Commit/2666339779393987cc19d6a5835566cacee604ea Merge pull request #637 from digital-preservation/dependabot/maven/or…]
by adamretter https://github.com/adamretter
2021-07-14 12:52:36
[tag:github.com,2008:Grit::Commit/42cfa1d91b2676af3879c3b06308a155dfa27e4c Merge pull request #640 from digital-preservation/dependabot/maven/co…]
by adamretter https://github.com/adamretter
2021-07-13 15:07:56
[tag:github.com,2008:Grit::Commit/db24f35879e97d4553e526a31cbe3d572f053c61 Bump commons-io from 2.9.0 to 2.11.0]
by dependabot https://github.com/dependabot
2021-06-28 15:09:42
[tag:github.com,2008:Grit::Commit/af7e95ad60de331345be9e2119f4bc51d3c7e3a8 Bump download-maven-plugin from 1.6.3 to 1.6.6]
by dependabot https://github.com/dependabot