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Click on a function view the digital preservation tools that perform that function.

Lifecycle FunctionsDefinition
Academic Social NetworkingTools that support making connections, sharing research and maximising the impact of digital data.
AccessTools that facilitate access to digital data by users.
Active Data StorageTools that support the storage, management, and ultimately the preservation, of evolving research data.
AnnotationTools that facilitate annotation of digital data by users.
AppraisalTools that enable the assessment of content against in order to decide on it's relevance or appropriateness for preservation
BackupTools that support the backing up of digital data to another storage location, typically in a scheduled manner.
BenefitsTools that enable the identification and articulation of the benefits of preservation and curation.
Binary & Hexidecimal EditingTools for viewing and editing of files displayed in different views such as binary, hexadecimal. These are typically known as hex editors.
Citation and Impact TrackingTools that support the citation of data and the tracking of the impact of usage of that data.
Content ProfilingTools that build a profile of the characteristics of digital content, typically by combining or analysing a number of sources of information such as extracted metadata and file format identifications.
CostingTools that support the calculation or prediction of the cost of preservation or curation activities.
Data Management PlanningTools that support the development of research data management plans and related activities.
Data capture and DepositTools that enable the capture and deposit of data.
De-DuplicationTools that enable the identification and/or removal of duplicate or similar files.
DecryptionTools for recovering passwords or unlocking encrypted digital files.
Dependency AnalysisTools for identifying essential information that resides externally to a digital object, or for identifying dependent processes such as which DLLs are required by a Windows process.
DiscoveryTools that facilitate the discovery of digital data by users.
Disk ImagingTools that enable the capture, viewing or extraction of contents of a disk image (which is a computer file containing the contents and structure of a disk volume or an entire data storage device, such as a hard drive or floppy disk).
EmulationTools that enable the emulation or virtualisation of a hardware or software system on another system.
Encryption DetectionTools that support the detection of encryption or password protection in files.
File CopyTools that support the copying of files from one storage location to another, typically with facilities to verify the completeness of the copy and enable resumption of copying after an interruption.
File Format IdentificationTools that enable the automatic identification of the file format of a particular file, typically by examining characteristic codes (often termed file format magic) in the file header.
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.
FixityTools that support the verification of file fixity, typically through the generation and validation of checksum based manifests.
ForensicTools that support forensics related functions.
Managing Active Research DataTools that enable researchers to manage data from its point of creation, facilitating its productive use in the present, but also establishing the support structures necessary to ensure its future survival.
Metadata ExtractionTools that support the extraction of metadata from files.
Metadata ProcessingTools that support the processing or management of metadata.
Multi Format RenderingTools that support the rendering of a cross section of file format or content categories.
OCRTools that support the generation of text from bitmap images, otherwise known as Optical Character Recognition
Organisational AuditTools that that enable an audit of an organisation's capability with respect to preservation, typically relating to a maturity model
Passive Data StorageTools that support the passive preservation of digital resources on storage media such as paper, film or DNA.
Persistent IdentificationTools that support the unique and persistent identification of files or intellectual entities.
Personal ArchivingTools that support the preservation and archiving of data relating to individuals.
PlanningTools that support the planning of preservation activities.
PolicyTools that support the development and management of digital preservation policy.
Preservation SystemDigital repository applications that typically perform a number of functions across the digital lifecycle such as ingest, storage, preservation action and access.
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.
Secure DeletionTools that support deletion of data in a way that cannot be reversed, typically to avoid third parties stealing sensitive information from decommissioned or recycled hardware.
ServiceTools that operate as a remote, perhaps cloud based, service
StorageTools that support the storage of digital resources, possibly in multiple locations to avoid loss of data due to hardware or other failures.
TransferTools that support transfer of packaged digital resources from one organization to another.
ValidationTools that support the validation of digital files, typically against a file format specification.
Version ControlTools that support the tracking of changes to digital files over time.
Web CaptureTools that support the capture of data from the world wide web, by "crawling" links between resources or other approaches.
WorkflowTools that support the orchestration and management of specific tools or processes in a workflow.
Workflow and Lab Notebook ManagementTools that support the capture and management of research data as well as the details of the research activities which generated them.