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Register NowPASIG Prague
March 9-11, 2016
Czech National Library of Technology                       
Czech Republic

Registration is open for the next PASIG event, March 9-11 in the beautiful city of Prague! The event will take place at the Czech National Library of Technology in the city, and will feature a range of presentations and social events. The attendee cost is 200€ until the end of January and 250€ February 1 on.

Any organizations interested in sponsorships should contact Sponsorship packages are:

  • Gold (logo, table, talk during vendor session, 2 free entries) – 3000€
  • Silver (logo, table, talk during vendor session, 1 free entry) – 1500€
  • Bronze (logo only, literature on a table) – 500€

Just go to and click on the event name. A list of local hotels is available on the website.

    Registration Rates Early-Bird
(on or before January 31)
(after January 31)
  Regular Attendees 200€ 250€

The semi-final agenda is below. The final agenda will be published in early January. 

PASIG Prague Draft 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 - 9:35 AM : Topic: Digital Preservation Primer 1 - Tom Cramer, Stanford U.
9:35 - 9:55 AM : Topic: Digital Preservation Primer 2 - Neil Jefferies, Oxford U.
9:55 - 10:20 AM : Topic: Digital Preservation Primer 3 - Mary Molinaro, Digital Preservation Network (DPN)
10:20 - 10:45 AM Coffee Break
10:45 - 11:10 AM : Topic: Metadata and filetypes - Bert Lyons, AVPreserve
11:10 - 11:30 AM : Topic: Trustworthy Preservation Systems- David Minor, UC San Diego

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:  Becky McGuinness & Carl Wilson

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, Becky McGuinness, Open Preservation Foundation 

Registration & Lunch

1:00 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 or marketing, but rather general overview of technology. 

1:00 - 1:30 PM : Topic 1: Difference between Storage & Archive Technologies - 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 Discussion: Bob Raymond, Oracle Moderator

  • Facilitated panel discussion, asking storage experts a stock of 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. 

5:00 PM
Adjourn and Library Tour

6:30 PM

 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: Tom Cramer
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, Qatar National Library (QNL)
9:35 - 9:55 AM -- The University of Oklahoma’s “Galileo’s World Exhibition”, it’s use of hi-tech and the resulting digital preservation needs: Carl Grant, U. of Oklahoma 
9:55 - 10:15 AM -- LOCKSS PLN: Vicky Reich, LOCKSS
10:15 - 10:45 AM -- Coffee Break
10:45- 11:05 AM -- DPN: Mary Molinaro, David Pcolar, DPN
11:05 - 11:25 AM -- CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd.: Mikko Tiainen, CSC
11:25 - 11:45 AM -- Discussion on Major Themes Across All Case Studies

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 

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, T-Systems
  3. Citation of Scientific Methods - A State-wide Service Model for Reproducible Computational Science - Klaus Rechert, Freiburg University 
  4. using EaaS for authentic rendering of web archives - Dragan Espenschied, Rhizome 
  5. TOPORAZ (mix of 3D, geospatial, Virtual Reality) - Matthias Razum, FIZ Karlsruhe
  6. PreForma Project, Emanuel Lorrain, PACKED vzw 
  7. Preserving the Sky: Design Challenges for the Square Kilometre Array - Iain Emsley, Rahim Lakhoo, Andreas Wicenec, Markus Dolensky (Abstract: The archiving system of the Square Kilometre Array has a design lifetime of not less than 50 years. The science data products will include preservation metadata compliant with the standards of the International Virtual Observatory Alliance.)
  8. Future Integration of Data Management Planning Systems - Matthias Hemmje, U. Hagen

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

Vendor panel discussion on conference topics: 

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

Conference Reception

 Day 3:  Friday, 11 March 2016

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

  • EUDAT2020 : Rob Baxter 
  • Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) : Paul Wheatley, William Kilbride 
  • Open Preservation Foundation (OPF) : Joachim Jung, Executive Director
  • KEEP Solutions : Luis Faria, Innovation Director
  • The LOTAR Standard and Principles of LOTAR : Uwe Helber, T-Systems
  • LOCKSS: David Rosenthal, LOCKSS 
  • Web Archiving : Nicholas Taylor, Stanford University
  • Pericles Project: Simon Waddington, King's College London
  • OIAS: Barbara Sierman, Dutch KB 

11:00 AM
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 a large-scale, dedicated preservation system in addition. 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 4x12 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 : Tom Cramer, Stanford University and Neil Jeffries, Oxford University
  • The ARCLib Research Project - A Complex Solution for Long Term Archiving of (Library) Digital Collections. This is a review of LTP Pilot project of the Masaryk University as well as a new follow-up ARCLib project. : Martin Lhoták (Library of the Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic), Petr Žabička (Moravian Library in Brno, Czech Republic), Miroslav Bartošek (Masaryk University, Czech Republic),
    Zdeněk Vašek (National Library of the Czech Republic)
  • Infusing Hydra with Digital Preservation Capabilities: Chris Awre (University of Hull)

12:00 PM  

1:00-2:30 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.

2:30 PM
Wrap Up, Future Direction of PASIG, including the New York City PASIG event
Session Leads: Art Pasquinelli & Tom Cramer 

Participating/attending organizations include: 
Bibliotheque nationale de France
Charles University, Prague
CSC Finland
Czech Library of the Academy of Sciences
Czech National Library of Technology
Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC)
Digital Preservation Network (DPN)
Ex Libris
FIZ Karlsruhe
Freiburg University
Masaryk University
Moravska Zemska Knihovna
Moravian Library
Open Preservation Foundation
Oxford University
P&A Consult
Princeton University 
Qatar National Library
Slovak Chemistry Library
Stanford University
University of California, San Diego
University of Hagen
University Oklahoma