Planets has developed a suite of software tools to help organisations preserve and maintain long-term access to digital content. Results are contained in a single downloadable software package called the Planets Suite.
Access to the Planets Suite and Guidance
Source code can be downloaded and installed from the Planets Suite site on SourceForge. This site hosts guidance on how to install and deploy the Planets Suite. It also hosts the pre-configured JBoss application server on which the suite depends. A dedicated Contributors' area allows developers to experiment with code and exchange ideas.
To download source code and install the Planets Suite:
Components of the Planets Suite
The Planets Suite comprises three components:
- applications to assess tools' fitness to support preservation plans: Plato
Plato incorporates tools to identify the characteristics of at-risk digital objects and measure the effectiveness of tools to preserve them. It implements Planets' preservation planning model to help automate processes to build and evaluate preservation plans and supports informed decision-making.
To obtain a log-in and access Plato: www.ifs.tuwien.ac.at/dp/plato
- applications to test tools' fitness to preserve digital content: the Testbed
Planets' Testbed provides a controlled environment and Corpus of over 5000 sample digital objects. It allows users to carry out experiments to test the suitability of tools and workflows to preserve particular content. Results of experiments carried out in the central instance of the Testbed are publicly available.
To obtain a log-in and access the Testbed: http://testbed.planets-project.eu/testbed/
- orchestration of Planets and third-party preservation tools: the Interoperability Framework
Planets' Interoperability Framework is a Java-based platform that allows users to discover and deploy digital preservation tools within defined preservation workflows and to execute those workflows. Its service-based architecture enables developers to wrap third-party tools so they can be invoked within Planets preservation planning, the Testbed and workflows. It also provides standard software services such as authorisation, authentication, orchestration, data and metadata management.
A Consolidated Release document provides a reference guide to the Planets Interoperability Framework including: technical architecture, API, Digital Objects Model and Workflow Execution Engine. Find out more
Planets software will be sustained and further developed by the Open Planets Foundation.
To find out more about the Open Planets Foundation: www.openplanetsfoundation.org.