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Format Policy Registry (FPR) 
Making sense of migration strategies as a Community 
SAA 2014 – Research Forum 
Courtney C. ...
Why the FPR? 
simplify preservation planning 
keep current as community standards, practices and tools 
improve over time ...
We were guilty, too
format policy = rules + tools + commands
format policies exist for: 
format identification 
characterization 
normalization to access and preservation 
extraction ...
interface with PRONOM (660)
identification 
fido or extension 
Other tools can be added 
results are basis of other 
format policy actions
normalization rules 
for access, 
preservation and 
thumbnails (for 
internal search)
extraction
transcription
dashboard decision-making
preconfiguring policy decisions
FPR future 
front-facing server website – better usability 
ability to upload local policies and share reasoning 
leverage...
archivematica.org 
Twitter: @archivematica 
Online demo: 
sankofa.archivematica.org 
User: demo@example.com 
Password: dem...
2014-08-12 SAA Research Forum - The Format Policy Registry - Making Sense of Format Migration Strategies as a Community
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2014-08-12 SAA Research Forum - The Format Policy Registry - Making Sense of Format Migration Strategies as a Community

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The Format Policy Registry, or FPR, is an attempt to build a structured way for digital
preservation practitioners to share and improve their preservation planning strategies over time. The
Archivematica project team has recognized the need for a better way to manage preservation plans, which
we address in terms of format policies. Format policies are the business rules and tool commands for
format identification, extraction, normalization, verification and transcription. Format policies will change
as community standards, practices and tools evolve. Currently, the FPR is hosted at fpr.archivematica.org,
and users can update the Preservation Planning tab FPR in their local Archivematica dashboard iterations
with Artefactual defaults. However, the goal of the FPR is to have a front-facing host site where users can
also share their local policies with other users, including statistics about how successful those policies
have been. This would lead to more educated decision-making about format policies over time. Such a
resource cannot be created alone, so this presentation would be a launching point for gauging community
interest to help continue building the FPR functionality.

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2014-08-12 SAA Research Forum - The Format Policy Registry - Making Sense of Format Migration Strategies as a Community

  1. 1. Format Policy Registry (FPR) Making sense of migration strategies as a Community SAA 2014 – Research Forum Courtney C. Mumma, MAS/MLIS, Archivematica product manager This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
  2. 2. Why the FPR? simplify preservation planning keep current as community standards, practices and tools improve over time allow Archivematica users to download and edit the most current defaults allow Archivematica users to add their own rules, tools and commands based on their local preservation plans aggregate empirical information about institutional format policies to better identify community best practices
  3. 3. We were guilty, too
  4. 4. format policy = rules + tools + commands
  5. 5. format policies exist for: format identification characterization normalization to access and preservation extraction transcription verification
  6. 6. interface with PRONOM (660)
  7. 7. identification fido or extension Other tools can be added results are basis of other format policy actions
  8. 8. normalization rules for access, preservation and thumbnails (for internal search)
  9. 9. extraction
  10. 10. transcription
  11. 11. dashboard decision-making
  12. 12. preconfiguring policy decisions
  13. 13. FPR future front-facing server website – better usability ability to upload local policies and share reasoning leverage FPR for shared experimentation with format policies and preservation planning interface with other registries, including linked data FPR as a service, partner with other FOSS projects and ????????
  14. 14. archivematica.org Twitter: @archivematica Online demo: sankofa.archivematica.org User: demo@example.com Password: demodemo Me: courtney@artefactual.com @arxiverdama I have free stickers and pins

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