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Digital Preservation The Planets Way

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Date: 16-18 September 2009
Venue: Arena di Serdica hotel, Sofia, Bulgaria

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It is widely recognised that as more information is created or stored digitally there is a need to take action to preserve digital collections in the same way as there is a need to preserve physical collections of books, journals, images, film, audio and manuscripts. The rapid rate at which technology is evolving and digital material is degraded presents particular challenges about what to preserve, which features to preserve, for how long, for what usage and how to undertake preservation activities.

Planets (Preservation and Long-term Access through NETworked Services) will host the second in a series of five three-day training events in Europe at the Arena di Serdica hotel, Sofia, Bulgaria, on 16-18 September 2009. ‘Digital Preservation – The Planets Way’ will consider the need to preserve digital content, the action that needs to be taken and introduce the Planets approach to addressing these issues.

Day 1 will present the case for preserving digital content, the challenges of digital preservation, introduce Planets tools and services and present the work of two institutions in Southern and Eastern Europe that are preserving digital collections. Days 2 and 3 will provide practical experience of working with Planets using a scenario (sample collection) to develop a preservation plan and preserve digital objects.

The event will include plenty of opportunity for discussion, sharing ideas and best practice and to ask questions. There will be a special focus on the needs of libraries, archives and other institutions that hold digital content, including local case studies.

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, research and technology institutions. Planets has already released a number of preservation tools that can be used freely and/or downloaded, and by mid 2010 will make available a preservation framework and suite of digital preservation tools and services.

We are grateful to the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IMI-BAS) for their expertise and co-operation.

Why attend?

Who should attend?

Day 1 will introduce managers and staff (e.g. directors, CEOs, Heads of IT, Curation and Preservation / Curation / IT staff, students and researchers) to the issues involved and Planets. Days 2 and 3 of the event will offer an opportunity for staff who are interested in, or involved in digitising and managing digital collections (e.g. librarians, archivists, digital librarians and archivists, repository mangers, software developers, policy managers etc.) to gain hands-on experience of the different Planets tools for characterisation, planning and testing.

Delegates can choose to attend either Day 1 only, or all three days.


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You can register for either Day 1 only at a cost of 80 EUR, or for all three days at a cost of 175 EUR.

Registration closes on Thursday 10 September 2009.

Due to the practical nature of much of the event there is an upper capacity of 60 delegates on Day 1 and 40 delegates on Days 2 and 3.

Welcome, morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunch will be provided and are included in the registration fee.

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

There will be an optional dinner at La Tribuna restaurant at Arena di Serdica hotel on the evening of Wednesday 16 September. The dinner will cost 40 EUR. If you wish to attend, please book your place at the same time as you register for the event.

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CEI/Planets Training Event Bursary

Planets has joined forces with the Central European Initiative (CEI) to award 15 grants to delegates from nine named countries to attend this event. Participants from Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine are eligible for this support.

CEI/Planets Training Event Bursary: The deadline for applications has now passed. Please contact with any enquiries.


See Programme


Presentations, in zip format, may be downloaded using the links below. Alternatively, individual presentations may be downloaded via the Programme.

Day 1 - Part 1 | Day 1 - Part 2 | Day 1 - Part 3 | Day 2 | Day 3

About Sofia

Sofia is the administrative, economic, cultural and educational capital of Bulgaria with a population of 1.25 million. The ancient city dates back 7000 years. Sofia houses numerous museums, art galleries and sites of interest including ancient monuments and archaeological remains that attest to a history influenced by the Roman, Ottoman, Byzantine and Bulgarian Empires and Communist leadership. More information …

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