Version 6.1.0 was released 31 July 2013. Source code and binaries for Linux, OS X and Windows are available from SourceForge.
Xena attempts to avoid digital obsolescence by converting files into an openly specified format, such as ODF or PNG. If the file format is not supported or the Binary Normalisation option is selected, Xena will perform ASCII Base64 encoding on binary files and wrap the output in XML metadata. The resulting .xena file is plain text, although the content of the data itself is not directly human-readable. The exact original file can be retrieved by stripping the metadata and reversing the Base64 encoding, using an internal viewer.
Xena uses a series of plugins to identify file formats and convert them to an appropriate openly specified format.
Xena has an application programming interface which allows any reasonably skilled Java developer to develop a plugin to cover a new file type.
Xena can process individual files or whole directories. When processing a whole directory, it can preserve the original directory structure of the converted records.
The Xena interface or Xena Viewer can be used to view or export a Xena file (extension .xena) in its target file format. These files contain the normalised file as well as any extra information relevant to the normalisation process. The Xena Viewer supports bulk export of Xena files to target file formats.
For Xena to be fully functional, it requires a local installation of the following external software:
Xena will recognize and process the file types listed below, plus a few others of minor importance. Unsupported file types will automatically undergo binary normalization.
Office file formats:
Other file types:
An April 22, 2010 review in Practical e-Records rated Xena at 82/100 points. At present Xena has no target preservation format for video files.
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to promote good information management by Commonwealth government agencies, especially in meeting the challenges of the digital age.In addition to caring for its collection, the National Archives develops exhibitions, publishes books and guides to the collection and delivers educational programs.Xena (disambiguation)
Xena is the main character of Xena: Warrior Princess.
Xena may also be used for:
Xena (software), archiving software
Xēna or Lisa Fischer, R&B musician
Xena, the provisional name for Eris (dwarf planet)
Xena, Saskatchewan, an unincorporated area in Canada
Xena (genus), a fly genus
Xena (moth), a name formerly used for the moth genus Netoxena before it was realized that the name had already been used