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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 ( 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

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.

View the complete programme for the tutorial.


Read biographies of the speakers for this tutorial


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. [].

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).

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From the airport to OCG:

Accommodation options can be found here.

Further information

If you have any further queries or require additional information, please contact:

Kellie Snow
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

Lynne Chivers
The British Library
Boston Spa
Yorkshire LS23 7BQ
Tel: ++44(0)1937 546408

For more information on the Planets project contact