Preservation Action

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Lifecycle stage definition: Functions that support the DCC Lifecycle stage defined as "Undertake actions to ensure long-term preservation and retention of the authoritative nature of data. Preservation actions should ensure that data remains authentic, reliable and usable while maintaining its integrity. Actions include data cleaning, validation, assigning preservation metadata, assigning representation information and ensuring acceptable data structures or file formats."
Lifecycle order: 4

Functions within this lifecycle stage

FuntionDefinition
De-DuplicationTools that enable the identification and/or removal of duplicate or similar files.
DecryptionTools for recovering passwords or unlocking encrypted digital files.
EmulationTools that enable the emulation or virtualisation of a hardware or software system on another system.
File Format MigrationTools that support the transformation of data from one file format to another.
File ManagementTools that support general file management activities such as viewing or renaming
File RecoveryTools that support the recovery of data from damaged or corrupted storage devices such as disks.
Multi Format RenderingTools that support the rendering of a cross section of file format or content categories.
Quality AssuranceTools that support quality checking of digital resources, identifying damaged, incomplete or low quality data. Typically used to identify damage introduced via processes such as format migration or digitisation.
RedactionTools that support the removal of selected information from digital files. Typically used for removal of sensitive information like telephone or credit card numbers from personal archives before providing access to users.
RenderingTools that support the rendering of digital resources so they can be viewed, printed, or otherwise accessed by users.
RepairTools that support the repair of damaged or corrupted data.

Tools for this lifecycle stage

ToolFunctionPurpose
7-ZipRendering
Transfer
Fixity
7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio, and encryption and fixity check capabilities
ADIGRESStorage
File Management
Access
ADIGRES is a powerful cross-platform Document Management System written in Java.
AccessData Decryption ToolsDecryptionThis page gives information on AccessData Decryption Tools.
AccessToSiardFile Format MigrationA collection of scripts to automatically convert MS Access files to the SIARD format.
Aid4MailFile Format MigrationFor migrating or normalizing email formats
AllDupDe-DuplicationA brief description
AntiwordFile Format MigrationAntiword is a free MS Word reader for Linux and RISC OS.
Apache PDFBoxMetadata Extraction
Repair
File Format Migration
Validation
Encryption Detection
JAVA PDF library for creation, manipulation, validation and content extraction of PDF documents
Apache POI - the Java API for Microsoft DocumentsFile Format Migration
Metadata Extraction
Encryption Detection
The Apache POI Project's mission is to create and maintain Java APIs for manipulating various file formats based upon the Office Open XML standards (OOXML) and Microsoft's OLE 2 Compound Document format (OLE2).
ArchiFiltreFile Management
Appraisal
Overview of folder trees with fine diagrams
ArchivematicaPreservation System
File Format Migration
Archivematica is a digital preservation system that automates the process of preparing digital objects for ingest into a repository and an access system
AsTiffTagViewerQuality AssuranceAsTiffTagViewer is a TIFF Tag Viewer application.
AudacityRedaction
Personal Archiving
File Management
The open source audio editor
Audio/Video to WAV ConverterFile Format MigrationThis tool converts audio and video files to WAV format.
Autopsy Digital ForensicsAppraisal
Content Profiling
De-Duplication
Disk Imaging
Forensic
Open source, free digital forensics tool
AvccFile ManagementAVCC is an open source application that enables collaborative, efficient item-level cataloging of audiovisual collections.
BAT: BnfArcToolsFile ManagementBAT is a Perl package for processing Internet Archive ARC, DAT and CDX file format.
Bad PeggyValidation
Quality Assurance
Scans for damaged images and photos.
BitCuratorFile Management
Fixity
Metadata Extraction
Metadata Processing
Quality Assurance
Validation
Workflow
The BitCurator Environment is an Ubuntu Linux distribution geared to the needs of archivists and librarians. It includes a suite of open source digital forensics and data analysis tools to help collecting institutions process born-digital materials.
Bulk Rename UtilityFile ManagementBulk Rename Utility is a free file renaming software for Windows. Bulk Rename Utility allows you to easily rename files and entire folders based upon extremely flexible criteria.
CDS ConvertFile Format MigrationCDS Convert is a suite of tools that allow conversion of documents, presentations and images between different software formats.
CHRONOSFile Format MigrationDatabase Retirement, Partial and Ongoing Database Archiving, Application Retirement.
CSV2SIARDFile Format MigrationA tool to create SIARD containers from CSV files.
CalibreRendering
File Format Migration
An e-book management tool, including viewer, migration, and file conversion features among others.
Catdoc & xls2csvFile Format Migrationcatdoc is a program that reads one or more Microsoft Word files and outputs text to standard output.
Checkit tiffQuality Assurance
Validation
a tool to validate TIFF files against given configuration profile
CloneSpyDe-DuplicationFinds duplicates, also precisely, deletes with rules.
ConverseenFile Format MigrationA GUI for ImageMagick supporting mass operations
CyberChefEncryption Detection
File Management
Decryption
Metadata Extraction
Personal Archiving
Binary & Hexidecimal Editing
Discovery
A forensic tool with workflow capabilities to analyse files and containers
DANS DBFFile Format Migration
Rendering
DANS DBF Library is a Java library for reading and writing xBase database files.
DANS MIXEDFile Format MigrationMigration to Intermediate XML for Electronic Data.
DART (Digital Archivist's Resource Tool)Storage
File Management
Fixity
Transfer
Provides both a GUI and a command-line interface for packaging files and uploading them to remote repositories.
DBeaverFile Format MigrationMulti-platform database tool that supports migration and data management
DIMAGMetadata Extraction
Preservation System
Access
File Format Migration
Storage
Workflow
A software suite supporting archives with preservation of digital information for eternity
DMC (DBpoweramp Music Converter)File Format MigrationdBpoweramp Music Converter (dMC) is an audio conversion tool.
DOSBoxEmulationDOSBox is a DOS-emulator for different platforms, such as Windows, BeOS, Linux, MacOS X.
DROID Siegfried Sqlite Analysis EngineMetadata Extraction
Content Profiling
De-Duplication
Analysis and automatic generation of summary information from DROID output
DV AnalyzerQuality Assurance
Metadata Processing
DV Analyzer is a technical quality control and reporting tool that examines DV streams in order to report errors in the tape-to-file transfer process.
DVRescueQuality Assurance
Metadata Processing
DVRescue is archivist-made software that supports data migration from DV tapes into digital files suitable for long-term preservation.
Db-preservation-toolkitFile Format MigrationEnables conversion between database formats or dumping from live database systems for the purposes of preservation.
DbDIPviewAccess
Quality Assurance
Database Representation Information packaged and used for quick and user-friendly access to information stored in databases. Different combinations of Content Data Objects are supported by automated deployment mechanism.
DcflddFile Management
Forensic
File Copy
dcfldd is an enhanced version of GNU dd with features useful for forensics and security.
Dd rescueFile Recoverydd_rescue is suitable for rescuing data from a medium with errors, i.
DeepArcFile Format Migration
Web Capture
Intended for preserving web sites from the back-end, this is a database-to-XML curation tool.
Digital Preservation RecorderWorkflow
File Format Migration
Digital Preservation Recorder (DPR) is free and open source software developed by the National Archives of Australia to aid in the long term preservation of digital records.
DioscuriEmulationDioscuri is a computer hardware emulator, specifically designed to be used as part of a digital preservation strategy.
Directory List & PrintMetadata Extraction
File Management
A universal metadata extractor
DiskViewFile ManagementDiskView shows you a graphical map of your disk, allowing you to determine where a file is located or, by clicking on a cluster, seeing which file occupies it.
DocMorph: Electronic Document ConversionFile Format MigrationThe U.S. National Library of Medicine's (NLM) document conversion tools make the exchange and use of biomedical library electronic information easier for librarians, library users, and the general public
DocworksOCR
Workflow
Quality Assurance
Document digitization workflow software
Double CommanderFixity
File Copy
Batch Rename
File Management
De-Duplication
Open source file manager with two panels side by side
DupeGuruDe-DuplicationA brief description
EXIF to DC XML normaliserFile Format Migration
Metadata Extraction
Extract EXIF data and normalise it to DC XML.
Easy CD-DA ExtractorFile Format Migration
Metadata Extraction
Disk Imaging
Easy CD-DA Extractor is CD Ripper, Music Converter, Audio Converter, Metadata Editor, and CD/DVD burning software.
ElcomSoftDecryptionElcomSoft offers numerous password recovery applications.
EmailchemyDe-Duplication
File Format Migration
File Management
File Recovery
Converts proprietary emails to standard portable formats
EmbARCMetadata Processing
Quality Assurance
internal file metadata management including embedding and validation
Exact Audio CopyFile Format Migration
Metadata Extraction
Disk Imaging
Exact Audio Copy is an audio grabber for audio CDs using standard CD and DVD-ROM drives on Windows only.
ExifToolMetadata Processing
Metadata Extraction
Repair
Properties extraction, identification, metadata editing
Explore2fsFile ManagementExplore2fs is a GUI explorer tool for accessing ext2 and ext3 filesystems.
FFAStransMetadata Extraction
File Format Identification
File Format Migration
Quality Assurance
Workflow
Planning
Task automation engine, mostly used in audio and video visual content management.
FFmpegFile Format MigrationFFmpeg is a complete, cross-platform solution to record, convert and stream audio and video.
File Analyzer and Metadata Harvester V2File Management
Fixity
Metadata Extraction
Metadata Processing
Quality Assurance
Validation
Workflow
The File Analyzer is a general purpose desktop (and command line) tool designed to automate simple, file-based operations. The File Analyzer assembles a toolkit of tasks a user can perform. The tasks that have been written into the File Analyzer code base have been optimized for use by libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage institutions.
FileVerifier++Fixity
De-Duplication
Windows utility for verifying file contents
FilzipRenderingFilzip offers full support (add and extract) support for ZIP (including Quake III's PK3), BH (BlakHole), CAB (Microsoft Cabinet), JAR (JavaARchive), LHA (LZH), TARand GZIP(TAR.
FingerdetQuality AssuranceQA tool for detecting fingers on digitised pages
Fixit tiffRepairfixes some issues in (potentially) baseline tiffs, as an example, invalid datetime tags, wrong tiff tag order
FolderMatchDe-DuplicationCompares two directory trees and flags up duplicates
ForemostFile Recovery
Forensic
Foremost is a console program to recover files based on their headers, footers, and internal data structures.
Free Video Cutter JoinerRedaction
Personal Archiving
File Management
It cuts and joins video streams without altering the codecs.
FreeCommanderFile Management
De-Duplication
Fixity
File Copy
Split-screen file manager with desirable extras
FslintDe-Duplication
File Management
Set of utilities to find and clean various forms of lint on a filesystem, such as duplicate files, empty directories, and bad file names.
GNU DiffutilsDe-Duplication
Quality Assurance
GNU Diffutils is a package of several programs related to finding differences between files.
GetDataBackFile RecoveryGetDataBack will recover your data if the hard drive's partition table, boot record, FAT/MFT or root directory are lost or damaged, data was lost due to a virus attack, the drive was formatted, fdisk has been run, a power failure has caused a system crash, files were lost due to a software failure, files were accidentally deleted.
GoobiWorkflow
OCR
Planning
Quality Assurance
Workflow Management Tool
GzipRenderinggzip produces files with a .gz extension. gunzip can decompress files created by gzip, compress or pack
HandBrakeFile Format MigrationConverts video data into widely accepted formats.
IBM Digital Asset Preservation ToolEmulationIBM's Digital Asset Preservation Tool is a proof-of-concept demonstration of the Universal Virtual Computer solution that provides long-term access to JPEG and GIF87a files.
IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework)Access
Rendering
A set of APIs, tools and protocols for manipulating and providing interoperable access to digital images
IMacrosQuality Assurance
Web Capture
iMacros makes it easy to test web-based applications.
ImageMagickRendering
File Format Migration
ImageMagick® is a software suite to create, edit, compose, or convert bitmap images.
ImageVerifierMetadata Processing
Validation
Quality Assurance
ImageVerifier (IV for short) traverses a hierarchy of folders looking for image files to verify. It can verify TIFFs, JPEGs. PSDs, DNGs, and non-DNG raws (e.g., NEF, CR2).
IrfanViewRenderingIrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003, 2008, Vista, Windows 7.
JJ2000Rendering
File Format Migration
Pure Java implementation of a JPEG2000 decoder
JPCEmulationJPC is the fast pure Java x86 PC emulator.
JWATMetadata Extraction
Validation
File Format Migration
Java Web Archive Toolkit
Java library implementing PairtreeFile Management
De-Duplication
The PAIRTREE LIBRARY is a software library that supports the mapping between identifiers and filepaths according to the Pairtree Specification.
Jp2StructCheckValidation
Quality Assurance
Metadata Extraction
Simple JP2 file structure checker
JpylyzerValidation
Quality Assurance
Metadata Extraction
JP2 validation + properties extraction
KEEP Emulation FrameworkEmulationKEEP Emulation Framework (EF) allows users to view and interact with digital files that otherwise would require obsolete hardware and software.
KOST-SimyValidation
Quality Assurance
The KOST-Simy application is used for Compare Images.
KOST-ValValidation
Quality Assurance
KOST-Val is an open source validator for different file formats (TIFF, SIARD, PDF/A, JP2, JPEG) and Submission Information Package (SIP).
KakaduRendering
File Format Migration
JPEG 2000 SDK, includes encoder/decoder
Kernel-based virtual machineEmulationKVM (for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V).
LegacyFileConverterFile Format MigrationConverts document formats to RTF
LibreofficeFile Format MigrationAn office suite with command line options for PDF/A conversions
LingfoFile Format Migration
Metadata Extraction
Lingfo provides a library for developers to use to extract information from Microsoft Excel spreadsheet files.
Linux-VServerEmulationLinux-VServer provides virtualization for GNU/Linux systems.
LuraDocument PDF CompressorFile Format MigrationLuraDocument PDF Compressor is a document conversion engine.
MDB/ACCDB ViewerFile Format MigrationMDB Viewer opens Microsoft Access 1997-2013 databases on your Macintosh, and views and exports all tables in Access databases.
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