PREFORMA – PREservation FORMAts for culture information/e-archives – is a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project co-funded by the European Commission, under its FP7-ICT Programme.

Important notification concerning unresolved issues in the EU FP7 PREFORMA R&D project 

PREFORMA statement from the researchers representing the University of Skövde in the PREFORMA R&D project

The overall intention of PREFORMA is to research critical factors in the quality of standard implementation in order to establish a long-term sustainable ecosystem around developed open source solutions with a variety of stakeholder groups. The open source solutions should be innovative and provide a reference implementation of the most common file format standards for the assessment of the collections to be archived and for the correction of the collections.

PREFORMA targets a wide digital preservation community, by providing specifications and feedback to developers, standard bodies and memory institutions. 

Results will be broadly disseminated during the lifetime of the project and summed up at the final conference.

The consortium of PREFORMA is composed of 14 partners, from nine European countries, ranging from the North to the South of the EU. The wide geographic spread is also complemented by a wide scientific and technical spread of competences and expertise.

The Swedish National Archives is the coordinator of the project and leads the Coordination and Support Action (CSA)-Sustainable Network WP.

Further information on open source and open standards for long-term sustainability.

For further information, please contact Björn Lundell or visit the official web site for the PREFORMA project (


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Björn Lundell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Informatics Research Centre
+46 500-448319

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