Let's develop an open-source media archive standard

From: Vintage Computer Festival <vcf_at_siconic.com>
Date: Tue Aug 10 22:18:13 2004

On Tue, 10 Aug 2004, Vintage Computer Festival wrote:

> On Tue, 10 Aug 2004, Teo Zenios wrote:
> > Here is an example of a society that preserves media on the Amiga platform
> > (complete images including the copy protection as used by the developer).
> >
> > http://www.caps-project.org/
> >
> > They have spent allot of time deciphering custom disk formats and saving all
> > of the information digitally so it can be reproduced exactly at a later
> > date.
> That's a very cool project. The archives they are making could be
> converted into the specification I'm talking about by writing a
> translation program to take the raw bit images they are producing and
> convert it into the specification markup language. Quite easily.

Very interesting:


IPF (Interchangeable Preservation Format)
Glossary: 100, Last Updated: 2004-02-20

IPF stands for Interchangeable Preservation Format, and is the file format
we use to preserve content. It is a name for what is we use to store
(currently Amiga) floppy disk images. It is abstract for very good

It is not meant just for the Amiga: The image format was designed to be
used for anything, and as such, it is possible for any platform to have
its media supported. In fact, some of the track formats used for Amiga
copy protection are actually PC/Atari anyway.

It is not just for disks: Any type of digital media can be contained by
the format. Currently it is used for disk images and ROM files, but in the
future it may possibly be used for CDROMs and information contained in
"dongle" protections.

The underlying file format has many similarities to the IFF
(Interchangeable File Format) standard on the Amiga, which was a very
forward-thinking format. The same techniques are used today in other file
formats such as PNG.

This is pretty much what I'm proposing.
I wonder where the description of their format is though?  I can't find it
anywhere on their website.
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