Xena – Digital Preservation Software


Developed by the National Archives of Australia. Has anyone seen this? Used it?

“Version 4.2.1 released, 12 January, 2009

Xena is free and open source software developed by the National Archives of Australia to aid in the long term preservation of digital records. Xena is an acronym meaning ‘Xml Electronic Normalising for Archives’.

Xena is written in Java and is therefore cross-platform, running on Linux, Windows and OS X.

Xena software aids digital preservation by performing two important tasks:

  • Detecting the file formats of digital objects
  • Converting digital objects into open formats for preservation”

I have yet to discover any software that successfully performs migration activities, and even normalization actions on ingest seem to be a little sketchy, so this excites me a lot.

If anyone has any knowledge of, experience with, or any more information about this, do please share!


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