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. Managing digital information requires different processes from those used for printed material. Digital information is much more fragile and vulnerable due to rapid changes in technology. There is a significant risk that it will become obsolete and inaccessible, which may have significant consequences for any organisation that is dependent on digital information for business continuity. 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 (www.planets-project.eu) has taken preservation planning as its research focus and aims to develop a distributed, open source, and interoperable environment that will support organisations in this decision making process. It will explore and refine the theoretical OAIS model and develop concrete and practical components for preservation planning. These components will be supported by ‘testbed’ evaluation and validation services and seamlessly integrated with other Planets tools and services through an interoperability framework.
In order to provide more detailed knowledge of these services and developments, Planets is organising a two-day tutorial on preservation planning. It will be held on 14-15 April 2008 in Vienna, Austria. The event is intended to offer a complete overview of preservation planning and provide attendees 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.
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
Who should attend?
Library and archive institutions, repository managers, systems developers and integrators, and anyone involved in the long-term preservation of digital materials.
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 event will be conducted in English.
Fees and registration
The fee for the event is €90. This includes morning and afternoon coffee breaks and a buffet lunch on both days.
Registration for this event has now closed.
Closing date for registration is 4th April 2008.
Venue, accommodation and transport
The event will be held in the Zemanek lecture room at the Austrian Computer Society (OCG), Vienna, Austria. [http://www.ocg.at/english/].
The OCG is located in Vienna’s first district, 5 minutes walking distance from Stephansplatz (metro lines U1 and U3) and from Schwedenplatz (metro line U4).
- From Stephansplatz: from the main entrance of St Stephens Cathedral go 150m up Rotenturmstrasse and turn right into Wollzeile. The entrance to OCG is 30m after the crossing on the left hand side of the street.
- From Schwedenplatz: go down Rotenturmstrasse to Wollzeile (approximately 500m) and proceed as above.
From the airport to OCG:
- Taxi: directly to the OCG (approximately €35)
- Airport bus: to City Air Terminal by the Hilton Hotel. From here it is a 10 minute walk to OCG, or you can take the U3 from Wien Mitte to Stephansplatz (two stations in the direction of Ottakring)
- Train: to Wien Mitte with either City Airport Train or S-bahn line S7. From here change to the U3 to Stephansplatz (as above).
If you have any further queries or require additional information, please contact:
Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII)
George Service House, 11 University Gardens,
University of Glasgow
Glasgow G12 8QJ
Tel: + 44 (0)141 330 2793
The British Library
Yorkshire LS23 7BQ
Tel: ++44(0)1937 546408
For more information on the Planets project contact firstname.lastname@example.org.