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This report sets out the components developed during the course of the PLANETS project to extract and evaluate digital object properties, gives recommendations for future work, and in it’s Appendix, illustrates through a use case how these components might be used [PDF, 398KB]
In June 2009, Planets carried out a series of 18 face-to-face and telephone interviews with some of the world’s leading IT companies. The interviews explored interviewees’ perceptions of the emerging market-place for digital preservation tools and services. Results confirm engagement is being led by memory institutions and driven primarily by legislation. Elsewhere, however, there is confusion over what digital preservation is and what it entails. Comprehensive policies and long-term budgets to cover preservation of digital collections are not yet the norm. Despite this, there are common expectations about what a digital library system should do; specifically in relation to the type of content it should be able to manage, scalability and the need to comply with international standards. There is perceived high demand for technology to support automation of digital preservation processes and for consultancy, training, awareness-raising and exchange of best practice. [PDF, 50KB]
The report presents the findings of interviews with over 76 civil servants in 17 Government agencies in the Netherlands and Belgium. It aims to establish how communication and information are created, managed, shared and preserved in Government settings, and to provide information managers with insights into issues to be addressed with recommendations. The report is a parallel study to the qualitative research carried out in academic communities with 400 researchers at University of Aarhus [see report] and interviews with 18 researchers at Glasgow University [see report]. [PDF, 699KB]
This report documents the methodology and results of a feasibility study. [PDF, 873KB]
This report presents a study that moves beyond migration and emulations, by exploring the possibilities of binary translation and virtualisation to preserve dynamic and interactive content. [PDF, 1644KB]
The goal of deliverable PA/5-D12 was to provide a manual on the use of emulation services as part of a preservation strategy and the issues involved. [PDF, 107KB]

Testbed External Usage Report

Posted on 17th June 2010
This assessment report gives an evaluation of the usage by external users of the central Testbed software. This evaluation is based on a survey set out to 109 people that requested testing access to the Testbed. [PDF, 433KB]
This document considers the activities of the DT6 Training Work Package throughout the project. It evaluates the achievements of each of the tasks and looks at the long term impact of the training activities on delegates’ daily work and their interest in the Planets solution. It concludes with a consideration of how far overall objectives have been met and a list of recommendations for any future Planets training programmes. [PDF, 394KB]

Emerging Characterisation Techniques

Posted on 10th June 2010
This report describes the research conducted on emerging characterisation techniques. It details the most important research challenges, possible solutions investigated so far, and future directions of research. [PDF, 715KB]
This report outlines the results of the third (and final) iteration of a user study. The user study study was targetted to identify user requirements for preservation of digital documents, records and data sets. User requirements are modelled in a user requirements model that can be used in a broader requirements model for digital preservation. [PDF, 174KB]
This document assesses the activities carried out during Year 3 of the Planets DT6 Training Work Package. [PDF, 738KB]
This document assesses the activities carried out during Year 2 of the Planets DT6 Training Work Package. [PDF, 1185KB]

Planets Training Plan (DT6-D1)

Posted on 7th June 2010
This document outlines a plan for the Planets DT6 training programme. It lists the defined communities and teaching methodologies, learning objectives and content of individual courses, proposed locations and dates for events, suggested communication channels, and resources that will be required to deliver the courses successfully. [PDF, 315KB]
The purpose of this document is to set out a future vision of possible developments for the PLANETS Core Registry (PCR). This is based on both those elements of the PCR which have previously been specified during the course of the PLANETS project as needing further development, for example PUID assignment and the implementation of a faceted classification system, and further ideas for potential development, such as the use of linked data. [PDF, 435KB]
This report is part of a three-part final report from the PLANETS Digital Object Properties Working Group. The three companion reports, which can be read in conjunction, are:

• The concept of significant properties. (PLANETS deliverable PC3 – D23A);
• Planets components for the extraction and evaluation of digital object properties (PLANETS deliverable PC3 – D23B); and
• Specification of a Planets-wide Ontology of properties for digital preservation needs. (PLANETS deliverable PC3 – D23C) (this report).
[PDF, 228KB]
This report seeks to investigate the classification of digital object properties for digital preservation, both in the context of the PLANETS project and in that of the wider digital preservation community. The report aims to address the diverse approaches employed when looking at classifying digital object properties and will, consolidate and summarise the different approaches and give recommendations for future work.

This report is part of a three-part final report from the PLANETS Digital Object Properties Working Group. The three companion reports, which can be read in conjunction, are:

• The concept of significant properties. (PLANETS deliverable PC3 – D23A (this report));
• Planets components for the extraction and evaluation of digital object properties (PLANETS deliverable PC3 – D23B); and
• Specification of a Planets-wide Ontology of properties for digital preservation needs. (PLANETS deliverable PC3 – D23C)

[PDF, 375KB]
This report gives an overview of the Planets Functional Model and relates it to the Planets deliverables. It also gives a set of recommendations for the OAIS model. [PDF, 4504KB]

Year 4 Evaluation Report

Posted on 1st June 2010
This document assesses the activities carried out during Year 4 of the Planets DT6 Training Work Package. [PDF, 1822KB]
This document accompanies the software deliverable:
PC2/D16: “XCEL/XCDL extended with layout implication handling [PDF, 92KB]
This document describes the consolidated release of the Planets Interoperability Framework (IF) and should serve as a Reference Manual for that work. [PDF, 546KB]
The market survey was carried out to ascertain the status and requirements of long-term management of digital information by European organisations that create or hold digital content.
Over 200 responses were received from a wide range of organisations with respondents representing a variety of different fields. Overall, two-fifths were from libraries and one third from archives.
The results show that there is a widespread awareness of the need to take practical steps to preserve the rapidly increasing volumes of digital content; however, many organisations are still seeking the technical and practical solutions to support their preservation-specific activities.
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View the survey analysis report [PDF, 149KB]

Validation Framework

Posted on 7th May 2010
This document is the release report of the validation framework developed in the Planets project,
workpackage PP5. The validation framework connects the practical outputs of other Planets workpackages,
mainly those of PP4, PC2 and PC4, within a common framework: Preservation
requirements and criteria as they are defined in the objective trees in PP4 are mapped to the
technical characteristics described by XCL in PC2/4, and to other criteria such as performance and
format risks.
[PDF, 525KB]

Report on the Planets Functional Model

Posted on 23rd March 2010
This document is an updated version of the Report on Comparison of Planets with OAIS1, originally published as PP7/D12 in 2007. [PDF, 4456KB]

Report on Academic Research Practices

Posted on 19th March 2010
A new report summarising the findings of qualitative interviews conducted with researchers at the University of Glasgow is available to download.

The report sheds light on how researchers communicate; what researchers consider must be preserved, why and how and who is responsible.

These latest findings build on a quantitative study by the State Library of Denmark of 400 researchers at Aarhus University which was released in June 2009.

In depth interviews were carried out at the University of Glasgow with almost 20 academics in disciplines ranging from English, Social History and Philosophy to Health Sciences, Biodiversity and Astronomy.
[PDF, 490KB]

Service Developers Guidelines

Posted on 16th March 2010
This document presents the final version of the Planets Service Wrapping Guidlelines. It is targeted at software developers - within the Planets constortium but also third parties - working in Digital Preservation, who would like to integrate their tools with the Planets software environment, and make use of applications for Preservation Planning, Testing, and Workflow Orchestration and Execution. [PDF, 985KB]
This document details the software requirements for the Planets Core Registry
versions 2.1. The core registry incorporates the functionality of both the
Preservation Action Tool Registry and the Preservation Characterisation Registry.
Note that the previous release of the Core Registry (V2) was also known as
Planets Core Registry V2, the Planets Technical Registry and PRONOM 7. [PDF, 801KB]
This report is the final version of the Planets guidelines for developers of digital preservation tools. The guidelines set out Planets’ requirements for integrating third-party tools into the Planets framework. Developers will find them useful in understanding the criteria, tools and services should meet to be considered for inclusion in Planets. [PDF, 118KB]
Planets deliverable PC5-D1 outlined a selection of core research areas for characterisation of
digital art materials for preservation. This report explores some of these in greater detail, and
reflects increasingly on existing trends and approaches within the creative curatorial domain. [PDF, 343KB]
The preservation or conservation of digital art confronts us with a range of challenges, eclipsing many of the difficulties posed by more mainstream digital resources like documents and images. Preservation of art may itself be an impossible goal; instead, one might realistically aim only to create and collate sufficient documentation capable of conveying meaning and impact to a future audience, with perhaps one eye on its recreation where necessary at a later date. The Planets project is creating vocabularies and frameworks to describe the attributes that give a digital artwork its value. The latest developments are described in this report. [PDF, 374KB]

Design for recommender system in Plato

Posted on 25th November 2009
This document contains the first iteration for a design for recommender systems in the preservation planning tool Plato. The integration of such support systems shall reduce the effort needed to create a preservation plan and enable preservation planning for less experienced users. [PDF, 234KB]
Through analysis of a survey of the used file formats at cultural heritage institutions an inventory of preservation action tools has been made and the areas where tools are missing identified. The report provides an important insight into the status of digital preservation and of digitization, and it helps to identify the need for new research and development of new tools. [PDF, 271KB]
This report is the final iteration of the Gap Analysis in Tool Provision. All previous iterations come together in this release. The gap analysis has made it possible to identify gaps in tool provision for digital preservation. The results of the analysis provide an important insight into the status of digital preservation and the status of digitization. [DOC, 350KB]
This last deliverable of work-package PP2 reports on the final version of a conceptual model for expressing the core concepts and requirements that appear in the digital preservation context. In addition, we present a machine-interpretable XML representation to support automated preservation planning tools. [PDF, 1518KB]

Training Plan

Posted on 12th August 2009
This document sets out the planned activity for Planets’ DT6 Training Work Package in Year 4. It outlines changes to the original Planets Training Plan (DT6-D1), which was produced in Year 1 of the project and explains the reasons for revisions and a new combined DT6 Training and DT10 Outreach Programme. [PDF, 1727KB]
The document describes the API and functionality of the Planets workflow execution engine (WEE) version 2. It provides an overview of the main components, the public interfaces, and describe how it is utilized through the Workflow Control Panel (WCP). The document specifically provides user documentation for configuring, deploying, and accessing Planets workflow templates. [PDF, 830KB]

Report based on DT7 Questionnaire

Posted on 22nd June 2009
This specific deliverable DT/7-D4 (“Report based on DT/7 questionnaire”) is concerned with the results of a questionnaire deployed to researchers at Aarhus University. It provides insight from a larger sample into findings elicited from a series of probes conducted during the first phase of the work package. [PDF, 1119KB]
This document contains a report on the progress of the Planets Preservation Action tool registry and Planets glossary. The report on the PA tool registry and Planets glossary will provide an overview of the current status of the deliverables, the subsequent steps to be taken, risks that could hinder on time delivery, and consequences of delays for other workpackages. [PDF, 376KB]

First Version of Grate

Posted on 2nd March 2009
This deliverable describes the first version of GRATE (Global Remote Access To Emulation services), one of the tools for environments in PA/5, which allows access to emulation processes run remotely via a network.

This document is intended for both project participants and technical specialists. [PDF, 542KB]

Test Methods for Testbed

Posted on 28th January 2009
This document focuses on the methods that will be used in the Testbed for testing tools for objects and tools for environments. It is not about software testing the testbed application itself. [PDF, 816KB]
This report outlines the results of the second iteration of a user study. The user study was targeted to identify user requirements for preservation of digital documents, records and data sets. User requirements are modelled in a user requirement model that can be used in a broader requirements model for digital preservation. [PDF, 525KB]

2nd version of Dioscuri

Posted on 19th December 2008
This report describes the second version of Dioscuri, one of the tools for environments in PA/5. This follow-up version incorporates some important improvements, primarily better support for GRATE integration and backwards compatibility with earlier version of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE 1.5). [PDF, 443KB]

Planets Plato Planning Tool (v2)

Posted on 28th November 2008
This document describes version 2 of the preservation planning tool Plato, thus it is the accompanying document to the software deliverable. It gives an overview of the underlying Planets preservation planning workflow which Plato implements, explains how to install and access Plato, and gives an overview of events and case studies. [PDF, 449KB]
Digital preservation activities can only succeed if they consider the strategy, policy, goals, and constraints of the institution that undertakes them. Furthermore, because organizations differ in many ways, a one-size-fits-all approach cannot be appropriate. [PDF, 1028KB]

Final XCDL Specification

Posted on 3rd July 2008
This document describes the status of the XCDL development in May 2008. It contains a reference to the language, but also an introduction into the creation (and interpretation) of XCDL-documents. Both parts should also enable the reader to develop XCDL-aware software. [PDF, 399KB]
This document contains a report on the status of the Planets glossary and of the Planets preservation action registry. The report on the Planets glossary and PA tool registry will offer an overview of the current status of the deliverables, the subsequent steps to be taken, risks that could hinder on time delivery and consequences of delays for other workpackages. [PDF, 366KB]

Testbed Assessment Report

Posted on 25th June 2008
This report gives a first evaluation of the current and future use of the Testbed software. This evaluation is given by the Planets partners who are participants in TB/3 and based on information gathered through means of a questionnaire. This report gives recommendations on the future deployment and use of the Testbed software. [PDF, 367KB]
The use of emulation and virtualization in the context of digital preservation is an area that needs more detailed exploration. Previous work has scratched the surface of this problem, but does not provide all the answers. It is for this reason that the partners of PA/5 decided to conduct a number of case studies. The purpose of the first iteration of these case studies is to explore the use of emulation/virtualization as a preservation approach and to perform experiments using digital content from real life collections provided by the Planets partners. [PDF, 1146KB]
This document describes the integration of services into the next two iterations of the Planets preservation planning tool, Plato.

We outline the underlying principles and the workflow that is implemented by the tool, and then provide an overview of integration points where services are being connected to the workflow.
[PDF, 1279KB]
This document contains a report on the status of the PTDL language, the blueprint and the gap analysis, as well as an overview of the position of these three deliverables within the PLANETS project. [PDF, 194KB]
This is a report on the state-of-the-art in the field of Representation Information Registries (RIR's). This document discusses the development of the concept of representation information. [PDF, 533KB]

Testbed Prototype Release and Report

Posted on 8th January 2008
This document is a guide to the Planets Testbed Prototype. It highlights what features are available in the Prototype and which parts of the system are not yet operational. [PDF, 1635KB]
This document contains the first description of the overall architecture of the two XML based languages for describing and extracting characteristics of digital objects: the Extensible Characterisation Description Language (XCDL) and the Extensible Characterisation Extraction Language (XCEL). It starts with some conceptual clarifications reflecting discussions at contact meetings with various partners during the first project months. The bulk of the document consists of XML schema definitions for the two languages and sample documents showing their practical application. [PDF, 503KB]

Report on Comparison of Planets with OAIS

Posted on 6th November 2007
The OAIS, which provides a high level digital repository framework, describes processes such as monitoring of technology, planning for preservation activies and migrating obsolete objects. These will become essential if digial collections are to be kept accessible and usable. The Preservation Planning module of OAIS is the least well tested via practical implementation, therefore creating a degree of clarity and detail of these elements. While the Planets approach is certainly not at odds with OAIS on preservation, this report details some key areas where clarification is required and also where the level of detail needs to be expanded. [PDF, 366KB]
The selection of preservation strategy is one of the core areas in digital preservation endeavours. Different preservation requirements and goals across institutions and settings make the decision on which to implement very difficult. This report presents the Planets Preservation Planning approach to define and evaluate preservation plans. [PDF, 898KB]
This document contains an XML-based language to describe the properties of preservation action tools and their context of use. Within the Planets project this language can serve as a means of communication between a preservation planning system and a tools registry. The schema definition can also serve as a generic model for the description of the functions, expected performance outcomes, and appropriate uses of preservation action tools. [PDF, 437KB]
This document describes a strategy, framework and workflow for testing emulation within the Planets Project. It considers the purposes of emulation and emulation testing, the strategies that can be pursued to implement and to evaluate the results of testing. It also includes discussions of the many technical, organisational and other issues which need to be taken into account. [PDF, 299KB]

Report on tool and service approach

Posted on 3rd October 2007
This report describes the current practice in the use of migration tools at a number of national libraries and archives which are participants of Planets. It identifies the common problems and proposes ways to improve the tools. [PDF, 692KB]