2011-01-10

PRONOM expands its database

The UK National Archive has expanded its PRONOM technical registry, thanks to a successful partnership with Georgia Tech Research Institute and the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

The PRONOM registry includes details about more than 750 different digital file formats; for nearly a third of entries, this includes the format’s unique internal signature.

File format identifying tools such as DROID use this information to determine the types of files that are present on a computer or hard drive. Over 50 signatures have been added to the database because of the collaboration, with more expected this year.