Thursday, March 06, 2008

Event: Planning the future with Planets: a preservation planning tutorial

From the DIGITAL-PRESERVATION discussion list.

Planning the future with Planets: a preservation planning tutorial

Austrian Computer Society, Vienna, Austria

14-15 April 2008

All organisations need to manage their information assets for as long as they are required, with some information needing long-term preservation. Management of digital information requires different processes from those used for printed material. It is more vulnerable and, due to rapid changes in technology, there is a significant risk that it will become obsolete and inaccessible. The impetus for digital preservation is more obvious for libraries, data centres and archives, whose primary mission is to safeguard information and provide sustained access to cultural and scientific knowledge.

A crucial process in preserving digital information and data is to make the right decisions at appropriate times to ensure no valuable information is lost. In the Open Archival Information System Reference model (OAIS) this process is called preservation planning. The Planets project ( has taken preservation planning as its research focus and aims to develop a distributed, open source, and interoperable environment of tools and services that will support organisations in this decision making process.

In order to provide more detailed knowledge of these services and developments, Planets is organising a two-day tutorial on preservation planning. The event is intended to offer a complete overview of preservation planning and to provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about Planets' approach and technique. In addition attendees will be able to provide input and help shape Planets' future research and development in this area.

Who should attend?

Library and archive institutions, repository managers, systems developers and integrators, and anyone involved in the long-term preservation of digital materials.

Benefits of attendance

  • Understanding of the various aspects of preservation planning
  • Awareness of the range of services and tools Planets will be delivering
  • Input into Planets' future research and development
  • Knowledge of the 'utility analysis' methodology and practical skills in building objective trees for different types of digital objects
  • Hands-on experience with Plato, a Planets preservation planning tool

Format and Programme

Day one will deliver an overview of the Planets project and the products and services it will be providing, along with presentations on the preservation planning process and Planets' contribution to this. Day two will provide hands-on experience of the Planets approach to preservation planning, including exercises in building objective trees and an introduction to the Planets preservation planning tool, Plato.

The full programme can be found at:

Course fees and registration

The fee for the event is €90. To register, please go to:

Closing date for registration is 4 April 2008.


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Planets - Preservation and Long-term Access through Networked Services, is a four-year project co-funded by the European Union under the Sixth Framework Programme to address core digital preservation challenges.

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