The National Archives has begun development work on the next version of DROID, its automatic file format identification tool, as part of its Seamless Flow programme (see http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/electronicrecords/seamless_flow/default.htm\), which is developing end-to-end processes for managing and preserving electronic records. The current version of DROID is freely available to download from the DROID project website (http://droid.sourceforge.net/).
DROID 2.0 will include a number of enhancements resulting from user feedback, as well as the following new features:
· Support for indirect offsets in internal signatures
· Reporting of MIME types in identification results
· Support for the forthcoming PUID resolution service in PRONOM
· Improved performance when processing very large files
The new version of DROID is expected to be released on SourceForge by May 2007.
Further information will be made available on the project website as development progresses.
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