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Primeur weekly 2014-06-16

The Cloud

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PREFORMA project to launch call for tender - 2.805.000 euro funding for future memory standards

12 Jun 2014 Stockholm - PREFORMA aims to establish a set of tools and procedures for gaining full control over the technical properties of digital content intended for long-term preservation by memory institutions and to establish a long-term sustainable ecosystem around the developed tools with a variety of stakeholder groups, among which developers, digital preservationists and standardisation bodies. To this purpose, a PREFORMA call for tender has been published on June 12th, 2014. The proposal submission deadline is August 12th, 2014. The budget amounts to 2.805.000 euro.

The main objective of the pre-commercial-procurement is the development and deployment of an open source, software licensed, reference implementation for file format standards aimed at any memory institution - or other organisation with a preservation task - wishing to check conformance with a specific standard. This reference implementation will consist of a set of modular tools, which will be tested against the implementation of specifications of standards relevant to the PREFORMA project and used by the European memory institutions to preserve their data objects.

In order to demonstrate effectiveness and refine these tools, they will be developed in an iterative process with multiple releases and with a number of experiments with 'real' data sets or files from memory institutions during each iteration.

The media types covered by the tender are: texts, still images and audio-visual records.

The standards for each domain are:

  • PDF/A-1, PDF/A-2 and PDF/A-3 for texts.
  • Uncompressed TIFF for still images.
  • Open standards capturing uncompressed or mathematically lossless compressed audio-video or image streams for audio-visual records: open container formats (MKV or OGG), open and lossless video and moving image codecs (FFV1, Dirac, JPEG2000) and uncompressed audio using LPCM.

Areas which will be covered by the tools developed by PREFORMA are:

  • Preservation-relevant metadata (for documents, books, images and audiovisual records).
  • Particularly challenging types of digital objects (notably audiovisual records).
  • Integration of digital preservation requirements into existing systems in order to increase their resilience to technological changes.

The expected outcomes include:

  • The set modules - called "Abstract Conformance Checker", "Scorer", "Reporter", and "Abstract Fixes Suggester/Correcter" - for the chosen each media type.
  • The Technical Reference for these modules and their API, to provide full information for the future integration of the modules in the actual work flow of the memory institutions.
  • A web application that provides the user interface to the four modules.

Six suppliers are planned to be selected at the end of the tender procedure to carry on the first design phase that will last for four months and conclude with the ranking of the delivered designs.

The suppliers of the best three designs will be requested to proceed to the prototyping phase, which will include two releases and the re-design phase and which will last for 22 months in total.

If the result of the prototyping phase are good enough, the three suppliers will then be requested to proceed to the testing phase that will last for six months. This will correspond with the final testing of real datasets provided by the memory institutions.

Assessment of the results of each phase will be carried out under the supervision of the respective WP Leaders and based on the competitive evaluation criteria published in the tender procedure.

The total cost of the procurement amounts to 2,805,000 euro. The maximum amount available for the design phase is 390.000 euro. The indicative amount available for the prototyping and testing phases is 2.415.000 euro.

The PREFORMA consortium considers that proposals that cost in the order of 65.000 euro for the design phase, 700.000 euro for the prototyping and 105.000 euro for the testing phase would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

More information about the tender is available at http://www.preforma-project.eu/tender.html

Source: PREFORMA Project

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Primeur weekly 2014-06-16

The Cloud

Red Hat unveils Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, redefining the enterprise operating system ...

IBM launches new Cloud data centres for government workloads ...

HP unveils global open network for Cloud services ...

Oracle delivers latest release of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c ...

IBM drives integration of open technologies to foster Cloud adoption ...

HP extends persistent data protection from data centre to Cloud with encryption innovations ...

HP introduces thin client solutions delivering increased performance and flexibility for Cloud environments ...

Light touch, simple, consumer-like user experiences on smartphones and tablets usher in next generation of Oracle applications Cloud ...

IBM and SAP expand partnership to bring SAP applications to the SoftLayer Cloud ...

EuroFlash

International supercomputing community to gather in Leipzig from June 22-26 ...

PREFORMA project to launch call for tender - 2.805.000 euro funding for future memory standards ...

Breakthrough for information technology using Heusler materials ...

PRACE elects new Council Chair and Vice-Chair ...

USFlash

CoolIT Systems climbs to no. 34 on the 2014 PROFIT 500 ranking ...

New hi-tech approach to studying sedimentary basins ...

Scientists use "Big Bang" supercomputer to build better jet engine ...

HP makes enterprise architecture of the future a reality ...

IBM announces Watson Mobile Developer Challenge winners ...

IBM Watson and Genesys partner to power smarter customer experiences ...

Oracle Database In-Memory powers the real-time enterprise ...

Contextuality puts the 'magic' in quantum computing ...

IBM ships POWER8 Power system servers to provide clients an open platform for Big Data ...

Fujitsu Laboratories develops record-breaking 56 Gbps receiver circuit for communications between CPUs ...

Oracle announces new, highly optimized x86 servers ...

Oracle Database In-Memory lets ISVs easily deliver applications for the real-time enterprise ...