PASIG Prague Agenda

Day 1: Wednesday, 9 March 2016

8:00 AM
Registration Opens

9:00 AM
Digital Preservation Bootcamp
Session Lead: David Minor
Training in concepts, issues, tools, strategies & approaches for Digital Preservation and Archiving. This half day block of training sessions will focus on an introduction to the field and needs in digital preservation, and give attendees a foundation of concepts, terminology, standards and tools used broadly in the field. This day of “Digital Preservation 101” is open to practitioners of all levels, but will be targeted specifically for those looking to gain exposure to the field.

Topics: Preservation metadata, principles of designing preservation system architecture, characterization & validation of particular file formats (PDF, AV, etc.), preservation planning, preservation policies, preservation organizations, Trusted Digital Repository (TDR) certification, how do you plan/structure a digital preservation implementation project.

Schedule Breakdown
9:00 – 9:15 AM: Welcome
9:15 – 9:45 AM: Topic: Digital Preservation Primer 1 – Managing Digital Content Over Time – Mary Molinaro, Digital Preservation Network (DPN)
9:45 – 10:15 AM: Topic: Digital Preservation Primer 2 – OAIS Model, Theory & Practice, Neil Jefferies, Oxford
10:15 -10:45 AM: Coffee break
10:45 – 11:05 AM: Topic: Digital Preservation Primer 3 – Trustworthy Digital Preservation Systems – David Minor, UC San Diego
11:05 – 11:30 AM: Topic: Digital Preservation Primer 4 – Applying Digital Preservation Standards for Assessment and Planning  – Bertram Lyons, AVPreserve
11:30 AM – Noon: Attendee Popcorn Round – Introduce yourself & say what you’re hoping to get out of the meeting. What are your questions? What are you most interested in? Do you have a specific problem you want to solve? A facilitator will capture the most salient questions or issues, and experts in the room can begin addressing them.

9:00 AM – 12 NOON (Running in parallel to the bootcamp session)
Open Preservation Foundation Workshop:
veraPDF: definitive, open source PDF/A validation for digital preservationists
Session Leads: Carl Wilson, Joachim Jung
veraPDF’s goal is to build the definitive validator for PDF/A. This workshop will begin with an introduction to why PDF/A is used and the importance of validation. We will have a web demonstrator with user interface that participants can try out. We will then be look at metadata extraction, focusing on what the data means and why it is important in a library or archive environment.

The second part of the workshop will focus on how the software has been put together to produce a reliable web services that can be used in your institution.

Speakers: Carl Wilson, Joachim Jung, Becky McGuinness, Open Preservation Foundation

Registration & Lunch

1 PM
Long-term Digital Preservation Hardware & Systems
Session Lead: Thorsten Lange
A review of the architectures, technology, systems and industry trends affecting the design of long-term and large-scale storage, with a focus on applying these developments to the unique needs of digital preservation and archiving.

Topics include: The difference between Storage & Archive technologies. Tiered Storage Architectures; Cloud & Hybrid-Cloud solutions; Tape; Disk; Designing for Systems for Long-term Preservation; etc. These sessions will not be sales and marketing pitches, but rather general overviews of technology.

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Topic 1: Hybrid Cloud Storage for Long-Term Archiving: Philippe Deverchere, Oracle
1:30 – 2:00 PM: Topic 2: Cloud & Hybrid Technology: Matthew Addis, Arkivum
2:00 – 2:30 PM: Topic 3: Tiered storage Architectures, Including Disk and Tape Considerations: Donna Harland, Oracle
2:30 – 3:00 PM: Coffee Break
3:00 – 3:30 PM: Topic 4: Designing Systems for Long-term Preservation : Thorsten Lange, P&A Consult
3:30 – 4:00 PM: Putting It All Together: Brian Campanotti, Oracle
4:00 – 5:00 PM: Panel and Open Discussion : Bob Raymond, Oracle, Moderator
 – Facilitated panel discussion, asking storage experts questions about the current state & future of storage technology. i.e., “Will everything be in the cloud in 5 years?”
–  “Audience Requirements” Session: Audience members present key questions or requirements that they have to the storage and industry experts.

5 PM Adjourn and Library Tour

6:30 PM Onsite Reception

Day 2:  Thursday, 10 March 2016

8:00 AM Registration Opens

9:00 AM
Hosts’ Welcome: Czech Technical Library: Martin Svoboda; Slovak Chemistry Library: Jozef Dzivak

9:15 AM
PKX / Practitioners Knowledge Exchange: Case Studies in Preservation & Archiving Architectures and Operations
Session Lead: David Minor
Powerhouse speakers give detailed overviews of their preservation needs and solutions and proposed solutions, from a practitioner’s standpoint. These structured presentations provide an in depth view of preservation systems design and operation, including lessons learned. These case studies are from a variety of industries and domains (libraries, archives, museums, corporate) and dealing with a diversity of content.

9:15 – 9:35 AM: Qatar National Library: Krishna Chowdhury, QNL
9:35 – 9:55 AM: The University of Oklahoma’s Galileo’s World: Creating new demands for digital archiving & preservation. Carl Grant, U. of Oklahoma
9:55 – 10:15 AM: Evolving the LOCKSS Technology. David S.H. Rosenthal, Chief Scientist, LOCKSS Program
10:15 – 10:45 AM: Coffee Break
10:45- 11:05 AM: The Ontario Library Research Cloud: Future Considerations and Cost Models: Dale Askey, McMaster University.
11:05 – 11:25 AM: Status of Long Term Preservation Service in Finland 2016: Mikko Tiainen, CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd.

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Lightning Talks
Session Lead: Neil Jefferies
Participatory presentations on late breaking developments, compelling breakthroughs or burning issues from the PASIG Community (archives & industry; practitioners and thought-leaders). These 5 minute, informal talks may be prepared in advance, or spontaneously produced.  

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch

1:15 PM
The Frontiers of Preservation
Session Lead: Matthias Razum
Discussions on the recent developments and challenges facing those who are tackling digital preservation.

  1. “Preservation of 3D Digitized Globes”: Thomas Ledoux, BnF
  2. “Archiving Of Digital 3D Objects and Product Structures”: Uwe Helber, Program Manager ECM, T-Systems International GmbH
  3. “Citation of Scientific Methods – A State-wide Service Model for Reproducible Computational Science”: Klaus Rechert, Freiburg University
  4. PreForma Project: Emanuel Lorrain, PACKED vzw
  5. “Preserving the Sky: Design challenges for the Square Kilometre Array”: Iain Emsley, Rahim Lakhoo, Andreas Wicenec, Markus Dolensky
  6. “Future Integration of Data Management Planning Systems”: Matthias Hemmje, Hagen University

3:00 PM
Coffee Break

3:30 PM
Industry Interaction
Session Lead: Art Pasquinelli
Industry experts and technology providers give a 20 minute overview of updates, current and future trends. A chance for them to share their vision for the future of preservation and archiving, followed by a panel discussion on select topics.

  • Ex Libris
  • Oracle
  • Arkivum
  • Preservica
  • Libnova

Vendor panel discussion on conference topics:

  • Tape Futures (e.g. LTO 7)
  • Cloud
  • Hybrid Architectures  
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS)

Conference Reception
Joint departure from National Library of Technology to Lotyšká tram stop at 18.10 (10 minutes on foot,  about 700 meters), everybody has to be here on time, tram arrives  at 18.30.
Getting off and end of the ride at Náměstí Republiky (Republic Square) Prague 1 at about 19.10.
Then 10 minutes, 500 m walk across the square to Obecní dům (Municipal House).
Cloakroom on the first floor and Grégrův sál (Grégr Hall) on the second floor (stairs to the 2nd floor), lift if needed.

Day 3: Friday, 11 March 2016

9:00 AM
Project Updates and Digital Preservation Community Developments 1
Session Lead: Carl Grant

  1. EUDAT: a Data Infrastructure for European Research. Rob Baxter, Group Manager, EPCC, University of Edinburgh
  2. The DPC Community: Growth, Progress and Future Challenges): Paul Wheatley, Head of Research and Practice, Digital Preservation Coalition
  3. JHOVE, veraPDF and me. Joachim Jung, Executive Director, Open Preservation Foundation
  4. RODA, EARK and Database Preservation Toolkit Project.  Luis Faria, Innovation Director, KEEP Solutions:
  5. The LOTAR Standard and Principles of LOTAR. Uwe Helber, Program Manager ECM, T-Systems International GmbH
  6. Evolving the LOCKSS Technology. David S. H. Rosenthal, Chief Scientist, LOCKSS Program, Stanford University Libraries

10:30 Coffee

11:00 AM
Project Updates and Digital Preservation Community Developments 2
Session Lead: Carl Grant

 7. One Site Among Many: Stanford and Collaborative Technical Development for  Web Archiving. Nicholas Taylor, Web Archiving Service Manager, Stanford        University Libraries.
 8. The EU FP7 PERICLES Project. Simon Waddington, Research Fellow,  King’s College London.
 9. OAIS: Barbara Sierman, Digital Preservation Manager, Research Sector Innovation & Development, Nationale bibliotheek van Nederland
 10. Digital Preservation Network: the journey toward a production service.  Mary Molinaro, Chief Operating Officer & Services Manager, Digital Preservation Network &  Dave Pcolar, Chief Technology Officer, Digital Preservation Network
 11. PERSIST Project: Barbara Sierman, Digital Preservation Manager, Research Sector Innovation & Development, Nationale bibliotheek van Nederland
 12. The Semantics for an Ultimate Perfect OAIS Implementation: Roger Roberts, President of the TITAN npo (promoter of AXIS-CSRM), President of the Belgian Committee of the UNESCO’s “Memory of the World” program.

12:30 PM LUNCH

1:30 PM
Hardening Existing Systems with Preservation Capabilities
Session Lead: David Minor
Many sites have an existing system for managing their digital assets and are not in a position to implement an additional large-scale, dedicated preservation system. What can be done in these environments to increase the digital preservation capabilities of existing systems while making the most of current investments? This session will feature 12 minute talks with a panel discussion at the end about how sites with repositories in place have approached making them more preservation capable.


  • Issues Using Content Management for Archiving: Thorsten Lange, P&A Consult
  • Fedora: Neil Jefferies, Oxford U.
  • The ARCLib Research Project – A Complex Solution for Long Term Archiving of (Library) Digital Collections: Marek Melichar, Charles University
  • Infusing Hydra with Digital Preservation Capabilities: Chris Awre, University of Hull


3:00-3:30 PM
PASIG Community General Forum
Session Leads: Thomas Ledoux and Neil Jefferies
Whole audience discussion of the issues, topics, burning questions and brilliant ideas that have emerged over the course of the PASIG in the previous two days. This moderated session will involve reading topics ‘off the flip-chart’ and general discussion among all participants.


3:30-4:00 PM
Wrap Up, Future Direction of PASIG, including the New York City PASIG event
Session Lead: Art Pasquinelli