Format Policy Registry (FPR)
Archivematica manages format policies locally and externally via a Format Policy Registry (FPR). The registry is on a server that Artefactual hosts which includes our default policies for normalization, extraction and format identification. The local FPR offered in the user dashboard preservation planning tab is customizable for the local user. To learn about the FPR, please see Format Policy Registry. To read about some of the comprehensive goals of the FPR, see FPR Requirements.
Migration and emulation
Archivematica maintains the original format of all ingested files to support migration and emulation preservation strategies.
Archivematica's primary preservation strategy is to normalize files to preservation and access formats upon ingest. Archivematica's preservation formats are all open standards. Additionally, the choice of preservation format is based on community best practices, availability of open-source normalization tools, and an analysis of the significant characteristics for each media type. The choice of access formats is based on the ubiquity of viewers for the file format.
Follow the link for each file format for further information about the open-source normalization tools and settings that have been tested and integrated into Archivematica to make the format conversions.
- Format Policies indicate what tool to run when normalizing for a given purpose (access, preservation) when a specific File Identification Tool identifies a specific File Format. They can be thought of as analogous to Virus Definitions, which need to be updated periodically in an Archivematica installation in order to ensure the efficacy of the virus scanning micro-service. Similarly, software security updates are downloaded at the operating system level, to keep the host machine secure.
|Media type||File formats||Preservation format(s)||Access format(s)||Normalization tool|
|Audio||AC3, AIFF, MP3, WAV, WMA||WAVE (LPCM)||MP3||FFmpeg|
|Office Open XML||DOCX, PPTX, XLSX||Original format||Original format||Tool search in progress|
|Plain text||TXT||Original format||Original format||None|
|Portable Document Format||PDF/A||Original format||Ghostscript|
|Presentation files||PPT||Original format||Tool search in progress|
|Raster images||BMP, GIF, JPG, JP2*, PCT, PNG*, PSD, TIFF, TGA||Uncompressed TIFF||JPEG||ImageMagick|
|Raw camera files/Digital Negative format**||3FR, ARW, CR2, CRW, DCR, DNG, ERF, KDC, MRW, NEF, ORF, PEF, RAF, RAW, X3F||Original format||JPEG||ImageMagick/UFRaw|
|Spreadsheets||XLS||Original format||Original format||None|
|Vector images||AI, EPS, SVG||SVG||Inkscape|
|Video||AVI, FLV, MOV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, SWF, WMV||FFV1/LPCM in MKV||MP4||FFmpeg|
|Word processing files||DOC, WPD, RTF||Original format||Original format||Tool search in progress|
- (*) PNG and JPEG2000 are not normalized to a preservation format
- (**) in development
While there is not currently a default format policy for Websites, we have done some research and assessment work with our clients that may be of interest towards developing one.