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Digital Preservation Planning: Principles, Examples and the Future with Planets

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Date: 29th July 2008
Venue: Room 2, British Library Conference Centre

PLANETS and the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) will be holding a joint briefing day: Digital Preservation Planning: Principles, Examples and the Future with Planets, on the 29th of July 2008, at the British Library Conference Centre, St Pancras, London.

The event will be an informal and interactive workshop allowing attendees to share knowledge and experience in digital preservation planning, setting strategy and policy plus first-hand experience of Planets tools and technology.

Attendees will also hear from DPC members about the approaches they have used in their organisations and the outcomes. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and for discussion.

Planning is crucial to the process of preserving digital information and data. Planets has taken preservation planning as its research focus. From mid 2010, Planets will deliver downloadable software to help organisations plan and execute preservation activities.

Benefits of attendance

  • Understanding of aspects of preservation planning, policy and strategy setting
  • Real-life insight into other organisations’ approaches to preservation planning
  • Awareness of the range of services and tools Planets will deliver
  • Hands-on experience of Plato, Planets’ preservation planning tool
  • Insight into identifying the characteristics of digital objects
  • Understanding of working in a testbed environment
  • An opportunity to ask questions and for discussion

Who should attend?

The event will appeal to anyone involved at any stage in digital preservation policy, strategy and planning cycle. (e.g. librarians archivists, digital librarians and archivists, repository mangers, software developers, vendors, policy managers etc and others working in a wide range of settings).




Registration and coffee

Morning Session  Chair – Frances Boyle, DPC


What's it all about? Scene Setting & Overview for the Day (PDF 406KB)

Frances Boyle, DPC


Introduction to Planets – an overview (PDF 2MB)

Andreas Rauber, Vienna University of Technology


Constructing a Preservation Policy: the case of the UK Data Archive (PDF 378KB)

Matthew Woollard, UKDA


Break and Coffee



Going Digital: The Case of the Wellcome Library (PDF 778KB)

Natalie Walters, Wellcome Library


Preservation Planning (Part 1): Workflow and the Plato tool (PDF 2.2MB)

Christoph Becker, Vienna University of Technology




Afternoon Session Chair – Frances Boyle, DPC


Preservation Planning (Part 2): Simulation and practical exercises

Christoph Becker & Andreas Rauber, Vienna University of Technology


Session Round-up (PDF 1.3MB)

Christoph Becker


Characterisation (PDF 695KB)

Manfred Thaller, University of Cologne


Break and Coffee



Testbed – a walk-through (PDF 1.3MB)

Matthew Barr, HATII, University of Glasgow


Interactive discussion session

Prof. Kevin Schürer, UKDA





Key to acronyms:

PLANETS Preservation and Long-term Access through NETworked Services
UKDA UK Data Archive
HATII Humanities advanced Technology and Information Institute, University of Glasgow

Fees and registration

This event is FREE to DPC members. Please note that after Monday the 16th of June 2008 the event will be opened up to the wider digital preservation community at a cost of £75.00 per head.

Online registration is now closed. Any enquiries concerning attendance at this event should be made to Carol Jackson carol (at) dpconline.org

Morning and afternoon coffee breaks and a buffet lunch will be provided. Please note participants may be invited to bring a wireless enabled laptop.

Further information

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

For registrations & DPC Contact;
Carol Jackson
Administration and Events Manager
Digital Preservation Coalition
Innovation Centre
York Science Park
YO10 5DG
email: info (at) dpconline.org
tel: +44 (0) 1904 435 362
web: www.dpconline.org

For PLANETS queries please contact;
Jane Humphreys
Communications Officer, Planets
The British Library
Boston Spa, Wetherby
West Yorkshire
LS23 7BQ
e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
tel: +44 (0) 1937 546748
web: http://www.planets-project.eu/