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JHOVE (JSTOR/Harvard Object Validation Environment) - pronounced "jove" - is a joint project of JSTOR and the Harvard University Library to develop an extensible framework for format validation. JHOVE is a format-specific digital object validation API written in Java.
JHOVE is currently available for downloading as version 1.11. It is licensed under the LGPLv2. The download includes both a command line and a GUI version. It is designed so that third parties can attach different "heads" to the software, and so can be integrated with other applications that need to validate files. It should run on any Unix, Windows, or Macintosh OS X platform which supports Java 1.4.
Currently supported formats are AIFF, ASCII, Bytestream, GIF, HTML, JPEG, JPEG 2000, PDF, TIFF, UTF-8, WAV, and XML. Documents are analyzed and checked for being well-formed (consistent with the basic requirements of the format) and valid (generally signifying internal consistency). JHOVE notes when a file satisfies specific profiles within formats (e.g., PDF/X, HTML 4.0).
- Official project page. (Last updated 2013-03-04; accessed 2013-04-03.)
- Project website. (Last modified 2012-08-28; accessed 2013-04-03.)
- Artefactual: DROID, JHOVE, NLNZ Metadata Extractor. The purpose of these three tools is to identify and validate formats and extract technical metadata. (Last modified on 14 May 2009; accessed 2012-12-18)
- Carlpedia: Carleton College Wiki. Jhove is a program used by the Archives to extract metadata from digital objects. This article explains how to download, install, and run Jhove on the Mac OS X operating system. (Last edited Oct 04, 2011; accessed 2012-12-18)
- Digital Curation Centre (Last reviewed 16 February 2012; accessed 2012-12-18)
- University of Arizona: JHOVE–Install, Configure and Test. "This document explains how to install and test JHOVE ... on a standard Ubuntu Linux Server version 10.04 virtual machine that you can run on your Windows or Intel-based Mac desktop using VMware Server, Workstation or Fusion for the Mac, or VirtualBox from Sun Microsystems." (rev 20110712; accessed 2012-12-18)