This presentation will demonstrate three recently published, free, open-source tools for preservation. Although developed with small archives in mind each of these tools have been adopted by organizations both small and large. Bertram Lyons will walk through each of the applications and offer hands-on opportunities to help the attendees understand how they can implement them in their own organization.
Fixity monitors file integrity through generation and automated routine validation of checksums and file attendance, reporting on new, missing, moved and renamed files. Fixity automatically emails a report to the user documenting the results of checksum validation and file attendance. Supplementing tools like BagIt that review files at points of exchange, Fixity becomes a powerful tool for monitoring digital files in repositories, servers, and other long-term storage locations.
MDQC automates and minimizes the time needed to perform a significant part of the quality control process for large batches of digitized assets or files. It reads the embedded metadata of a file and compares it against a set of rules defined by the user, verifying that the technical and administrative specifications of the files are correct.
Interstitial is a tool designed to automatically detect dropped samples in audio digitization processes, increasing quality assurance and efficiency. These dropped samples are caused by fleeting interruptions in the hardware/software pipeline on a digital audio workstation. The interstitial tool follows up on work within the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) to define and study the issue of Audio Interstitial Errors.