PRONOM is more than just a database of technical information. It is intended to encompass a range of tools, and services to support digital preservation functions such as preservation risk assessment, migration pathway planning, object identification and validation, and metadata extraction.
The future of PRONOM
Work has been undertaken to create a linked data version of PRONOM. We hope to revisit this model for PRONOM in the future. As part of a broad reorganisation of The National Archives web services the current iteration of Linked Data PRONOM has been removed.
DROID (Digital Record Object Identification) is a software tool developed by The National Archives to perform automated batch identification of file formats. It is the first in a planned series of tools developed by The National Archives under the umbrella of its PRONOM technical registry service.
DROID is a platform-independent Java tool, which is freely available to download under an open source license. You can download the latest version of DROID for free.
This tool allows you to create signatures which can be tested using DROID, you can then send these signatures to be uploaded to PRONOM.
The PRONOM Unique Identifier (PUID) is an extensible scheme for providing persistent, unique and unambiguous identifiers for records in the PRONOM registry. In the first instance, PUIDs are being assigned to file formats, with over 130 of the most common formats already assigned identifiers, and more being added on a regular basis.
Further information about the PUID scheme is available here.
A number of other international projects are currently exploring the development of registries of technical information to support digital preservation, together with relevant tools and services. These include:
National Library of New Zealand Metadata Extractor
Digital Formats for Library of Congress Collections
- Help users find preservation tools that meet their long term digital preservation needs.
COPTR is hosted by the The Open Planets Foundation (OPF) and is an editable wiki, so any interested party is free to contribute new resources.
Digital Curation Centre
The Format Registry is a linked data format registry, developed by Ross Spencer, which provides an API and endpoint and uses PRONOM's data at its core.
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