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British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography Survey Results

The British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography is moving from the Council of British Archaeology to the ADS in 2016. The idea is to integrate it with other ADS Library resources like the Library of Unpublished Fieldwork Reports (aka the Grey Literature Library).

The first step in this change was a user needs survey to investigate who is using BIAB in its current form and which other bibliographic tools the historic environment community are using in their research.
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Buckets of Anglo-Saxon Data

With the release last year of two more Anglo-Saxon archives, ‘A Corpus of Early Anglo-Saxon Buckets’ and ‘Anglo-Saxon Grave Goods of the 6th and 7th Centuries AD: A Chronological Framework’, it seems like a good time to highlight this growing theme in our archives. We now hold a mass of Anglo-Saxon collections; six classification or typological collections; four site based archives; and three large area studies of Anglo-Saxon activity in Staffordshire and Kent. We also archive the ‘Novum Inventorium Sepulchrale – Kentish Anglo-Saxon graves and grave-goods’ in the Sonia Hawkes archive which is currently available online from Oxford University.

Buckle from the Anglo-Saxon Graves and Grave Goods Archive © English Heritage.

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Our 2nd SPRUCE digital preservation mash-up – London

Spruce logoAs my former colleague Jen Mitcham discovered a SPRUCE Mash-up is a very productive thing to be involved in. This time I took along a collection of our PDF and PDF/A files to test a tool that is being developed. The idea of the tool is that it will be able to identify PDF files with content that involves a preservation risk. This is not necessarily the same thing as a PDF/A file which presents itself as a valid PDF/A according to the various different PDF/A validators out there (or at least it might not be – the jury is still out on this point). The validator being used by the tool is Apache PDFBox Preflight, but we also used PDFTron PDF/A Manager and Adobe Acrobat Preflight all of which give different results! The hope is that this tool when further developed will give a customisable traffic light system of identifying preservation risks in PDFs and that it will be possible to embed it in repository software. Good luck on the future development!

Other than that there was lots of great work done on file identification and although it was not possible to get on to my other issue of matching equivalent files of different formats I’m hoping to put in a bid on a spruce follow up grant for this.

More information on the issues and solutions is available from the event website.