ePADD Version 10

A collaboration between the University of Manchester, Harvard University and Stanford University

We are delighted to announce the release of ePADD Version 10. This new release is the work of ePADD+ (otherwise known as Integrating Preservation Functionality into ePADD), a collaborative project between the University of Manchester, Harvard University and Stanford University. It builds on the achievements of ePADD Version 9 (we wrote about Version 9 in autumn 2022, on World Digital Preservation Day) and includes more new features.

One of the most significant pieces of work undertaken by the ePADD+ project’s tireless development team – based here at the University of Manchester Library – has been the integration of ePADD with Emailchemy, an email conversion tool favoured by many archives and libraries. This feature provides users with the ability to import many more file formats than was possible in previous versions of ePADD, as well as the ability to export email collections in in either MBOX or EML formats.

To celebrate the release of ePADD Version 10, the ePADD+ team hosted a final community meeting attended by more than 170 people from archives and libraries across the world. The team provided an overview of the project and demonstrated the new features developed during this two-year collaboration. A recording of the event is available via the brand new ePADD website or ePADD YouTube channel.  

Although this new release marks the formal end of the ePADD+ project, the University of Manchester, Stanford and Harvard have developed new initiatives that aim to further the work of the project and encourage even greater involvement from the ePADD community. Community engagement was essential to the success of the ePADD+ project: the two versions of ePADD developed during the project benefited greatly from the contributions of a dedicated group of testers. We are also grateful to all those who offered feedback at our various ePADD events and at conferences, responded to surveys, and participated in sessions that looked at the future of ePADD.

New and existing users, or the simply curious, can:

The ePADD+ project was funded by the Email Archives: Building Capacity and Community re-grant programme, administered by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. We would like to thank all concerned for their support during this project.

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