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***Apologies for cross-postings***Does your organisation know what to preserve digitally for the future? Do you know how to preserve your collections for the future?Have you decided which tools and services to use for this? Do you want to discuss your strategies for digital preservation with colleagues and experts?There has been an explosion in the volume of information world-wide which will grow to 180 exabytes by 2011. But if action is not taken, that information can be lost within five to ten years due to hardware and software obsolescence.Digital Preservation – The Planets Way is an opportunity to understand what may be done to manage digital content for the long-term. The Planets project invites you to take part in the three-day training event which will be presented by members of the Planets project and established experts in the field of digital preservation. The event will take place on 17-19 Novemberat theSwiss Federal Archives in Bern, Switzerland, providing an opportunity to visit the beautifully located capital of Switzerland with itsfamous old town, a UNESCO world cultural heritage site.The event has been subsidised to enable attendance. For the cost of 95 EUR to attend day one and 199 EUR to attend all three days, the event will help you to make a start with, or advance, digital preservation activities in your organisation.Planets delivers a sustainable framework to enable archives, libraries and other large content holders to approach digital preservation confidently and effectively. The Planets framework and tools, which range from preservation planning to preservation action and the use of a testbed environment, will be presented in full for the first time. The event will give you an insight into the activities involved in preserving digital content and an opportunity to work with Planets tools, with the help of their designers, programmers and developers.Day 1 will give you, as a decision-maker or preservation staff, an understanding of the case for digital preservation, the benefits versus the costs, the activities involved and how preservation with Planets may fit into your management activities. Days 2 and 3 provide an opportunity to meet and learn from the experts, creators and developers of Planets. Using a sample collection, you can gain hands-on experience of Planets tools and services. There will also be plenty of opportunity to ask questions, network with peers and to take home tools and exercises.See the full programme at http://www.planets-project.eu/events/bern-2009/programme/Participation is limited to 60 delegates on Day 1 and 40 delegates on Days 2 and 3. Please register early at http://www.planets-project.eu/events/bern-2009/.Due to parliamentary sessions, hotel rooms in Bern are in high demand at this time of year. You are strongly advised to reserve your room when registering for the event and no later than October 2 at:https://secure.event-booker.com/booking1.asp?EventID=567&MainID=4&LanguageFE=1If you have any questions about the event, please send an email to [log in to unmask] We look forward to seeing you in Bern!
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