Last week the Digital Preservation Coalition hosted the Digital Preservation Awards 2014 at the Wellcome Trust in London. Thirteen projects in four categories were shortlisted. One of the finalists for the OPF Award for Research and Innovation was our own Jpylyzer project. Although the award did not go to Johan van der Knijff’s JP2 validation and extraction tool, the voters did leave some positive comments that we would like to share.

This is what our peers said about Jplylyzer

  • Deciding first and second place was a close call for this category. Jpylyzer is narrowly ahead.
  • A much-needed tool — eminently practical and useful.
  • It is a key tool for us in the validation of JP2 files.
  • Good project which allows people to deal with large volumes of data.
  • A practical tool that addresses a practical problem with good uptake.
  • It’s nice to see tools that do jobs really well. This is one of them and helps content managers demystify a complex format.
  • This project offers a straightforward solution to a problem.
  • Demonstrates high level of innovation with focus on value to the community.
  • Important to remember that the file handling challenges continue and JHOVE wasn’t a magic bullet.
  • A thorough research proposal which resulted in a practical use case for the Royal Library of the Netherlands. Encouraging to see wider adoption of Jpylyzer across the digital preservation community.
  • A very useful tool, simple to use and meeting a need. What’s more, it’s free.
  • I know Jpylyzer has been an incredibly useful tool for a number of digital preservation initiatives. While I’m not familiar with it personally a number of users have commented to me on its usefulness.
Johan van der Knijff with William Kilbride

Johan van der Knijff with William Kilbride