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Digital Preservation The Planets Way

Date: 17-19 November 2009
Venue: Swiss Federal Archives, Bern, Switzerland

As more information is being created in digital form, the task of storing and keeping this information accessible for the long term has become more urgent and more complex than ever.

Planets (Preservation and Long-term Access through NETworked Services) will host the third in a series of three-day training events in Europe at the Swiss Federal Archives in Bern, Switzerland on 17-19 November 2009. Digital Preservation The Planets Way will examine the need to preserve digital content, the action that needs to be taken and the Planets approach to addressing these issues.

Planets is a joint European project co-funded by the European Commission as part of Framework Programme 6 and delivered by a Consortium of 16 National Libraries, archives, and research and technology institutions. Planets has already released a number of preservation tools that can be used and/or downloaded for free, and by mid-2010 will make available a Preservation Framework and software suite of digital preservation tools and services.

Day 1 will consider the case for preserving digital objects, the technical issues involved, and the Planets framework, tools and services.
On days 2 and 3 delegates will gain hands-on experience of working with Planets and a scenario (sample collection) to develop a preservation plan and preserve digital objects.

The event will include plenty of opportunities for discussion, for sharing ideas and best practice and to ask questions. In addition, the event will present two examples of how the Swiss Federal Archives and the Bavarian State Library in Munich are preserving digital content.

Why attend?

Who should attend?

Participants are encouraged to bring a wireless enabled laptop since there will be practical exercises on Days 2 and 3.


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Registration and fees

Registration for this event has now closed.

You can register for either Day 1 only at a cost of 95.- EUR, or for all three days at a cost of 199.- EUR.

Due to the nature of the event, participation is limited to 60 delegates on Day 1 and 40 delegates on Days 2 and 3.

Registration for this event has now closed.


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Morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunch are included in the registration fee.

There will be an optional Swiss Cheese Fondue Event Dinner ( la carte dining will also be available) on the evening of 17 November. This will take place at the Restaurant Zunft zu Webern, a charming traditional Swiss restaurant in the old town. The dinner will cost 50 EUR. If you would like to join this special Swiss meal, please check the appropriate box on the registration page, and please indicate any particular dietary requirements. You will be asked to pay for the Event Dinner together with your registration fee.

Venue and further information

The Swiss Federal Archives is located in the city of Bern. Founded in 1191, Bern is situated alongside the Aare river and against the backdrop of the impressive Swiss Alps. Its famous old town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. Bern offers a wide range of cultural activities including renowned museums such as the Zentrum Paul Klee and the Albert Einstein museum. For more information see

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