ID: 66

FRESA, Antonella;  JUSTRELL, Borje; PRANDONI, Claudio 


ICT expert, General Manager and Administrator of company Promoter, she’s been working on European cooperation projects since 1994. Technical Coordinator of EC projects EUROPEANA PHOTOGRAPHY (CIP Pilot B), DCH-RP (FP7 CSA), EAGLE (CIP BPN), EUROPEANA SPACE (CIP BPN), and Communication manager of RICHES (FP7 SSH) and PREFORMA (FP7 ICT Pre-Commercial Procurement). She manages the provision of communication services to Sii-Mobility Project (Smart Cities Programme) and she is Associate Partner Representative in the DIXIT Consortium (Marie-Curie Programme). Previously: Technical Coordinator of LINKED HERITAGE project, advisor of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Technical Coordinator of DC-NET ERA-NET, INDICATE, MINERVA and MICHAEL series, Project Officer at the European Commission between 1999 and 2002. She is Project Manager of online communication Platform powered by Promoter.


Director and Head of Operational Support at the National Archives of Sweden. He has since 1989 been responsible for technical matters at the National Archives. Justrell has been teaching archival science at the University of Stockholm for many years and also been a member of international committees within the archivists’ professional association, ICA. He has been representing Sweden in expert groups on digitisation and digital preservation within the European Commission and also worked (and still do) in a number of EU projects like Minerva, MinervaPlus, Linked Heritage, DC-NET and DCH-RP.He was the coordinator of the EU project PROTAGE on digital preservation in the 7th framework programme and between 2003 – 2009 responsible for an advanced international training programme for developing countries conducted by the Swedish National Archives and sponsored by the SIDA, the Swedish International Development Cooperation.


Technical Coordinator of EAGLE (CIP BPN). Assistant to the Technical Coordinator of DCH-RP (FP7, e-Infrastructure) and Linked Heritage (CIP BPN). Assistant to the Communication Manager of PREFORMA (FP7 ICT Pre-Commercial Procurement). Technical Leader of HarmoSearch project (FP7 Research for the benefit of SMEs). Vice-President and responsible for technology of HarmoNET Association - the Harmonisation Network for the Exchange of Travel and Tourism Information. Involved in several projects of the European Commission, especially targeted at the tourism and cultural heritage sectors, in FP5, FP6, FP7, eTEN, eContent+ and CIP ICT-PSP. Previously: consultant of the Multimedia and Telematic Applications Center of Consorzio Pisa Ricerche (CPR) as part of the research and development staff; consultant of Metaware Spa for the management of activities and resources in the design and technological development of the company as well as in the commercial activities.



Brief summary:

PREFORMA is a new Pre-Commercial Procurement project co-funded by the EC to address the challenge of implementing good quality standardised file formats for preserving data content in the long term. The main objective is to give memory institutions full control of the process of the conformity tests of files to be ingested into archives.


Memory institutions are facing increasing transfers of electronic documents and other media content for long term preservation. Data are normally stored in specific file formats for documents, images, sound, video etc. that are produced by software from different vendors. This software is controlled neither by the institution that produces the files, nor by the institution that holds the archive. As a result, memory institutions have to make conformance tests before accepting transfers of electronic collections, but these tests are again out of control and not totally reliable. This poses problems in long-term preservation. Data objects meant for preservation, passing through an uncontrolled generative process, can jeopardise the whole preservation exercise.
The main objective of PERFORMA (PREservation FORMAts for culture information/e-archives) is to give memory institutions full control of the process of the conformity tests of files to be ingested into archives, through the development of a set of open source tools which enable this process to happen within an iteration that is under full control of the institutions.
The network of common interest of PREFORMA is composed by representatives from memory institutions, researchers and developers who are interested to contribute to the definition of the requirements and to take part in the assessment and the exploitation of the results produced by the suppliers.
To get more information, to stay informed about the progress of the project and to join the PREFORMA community, visit our website ( and our blog on Digital Meets Culture ( or contact us at

Scientific contribution:

The main objective of the procurement launched by PREFORMA is the development and deployment an open source software licensed reference implementation for file format standards aimed for any memory institution (or other organisation with a preservation task) wishing to check conformance with a specific standard.
This reference implementation will consist of a set of modular tools, which will be validated against specific implementations of specifications of standards relevant to the PREFORMA project and used by the European memory institutions for preserving their different kind of data objects.
The media types covered by the tender are: documents, images, audio-visual records.
In order to demonstrate effectiveness of these tools and to refine them, they will be developed in an iterative process and they will be tested with 'real' data sets provided by the memory institutions.


Digital preservation, Data transfer, Standard file formats, Conformance tests, Memory institutions and archives, Open Source Software, Pre-Commercial Procurement