What is Plato?
Digital content is short-lived, yet may prove to have value in the future. How can we keep it alive?
Finding the right action to enable future access to digital content in a transparent way is the task of Plato.
The mission of digital preservation is to ensure continued, authentic long-term access to digital objects in a usable form for specific user communities. This requires preservation actions to be carried out when the original environment of digital objects is unavailable. A variety of preservation actions exist, but each shows specific peculiarities, and a variety of factors influence the decision.
The mission of preservation planning is to ensure authentic future access for a specific set of objects and designated communities by defining the actions needed to preserve it.
The planning tool Plato is a decision support tool that implements a solid preservation planning process and integrates services for content characterisation, preservation action and automatic object comparison in a service-oriented architecture to provide maximum support for preservation planning endeavours.
November 2013: Plato at the SCAPE Training event
You will have the chance to get some hands-on experience with Plato and other parts of the SCAPE preservation lifecycle under the guidance of Plato and SCAPE developers at the SCAPE training event in Aarhus, Denmark. The event will be held from November 13th to November 14th 2013.
This two-day event will guide delegates through the steps of the SCAPE Preservation Planning and Watch lifecycle. It will begin with an introduction to the SCAPE Planning and Watch ecosystem, its components and how they support the full lifecycle of digital objects.
For further information and registration check out SCAPE Training: Effective, Evidence-Based Preservation Planning.
September 2013: Plato at iPRES 2013
We are happy to announce that Plato will be represented at iPRES 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Plato will be demonstrated as part of Demonstration D2 The SCAPE Planning and Watch suite showing the preservation lifecycle with integration to C3PO, Scout and RODA.
Further the underlying vocabularies needed for integrating these systems will be presented in the paper Open Preservation Data: Controlled vocabularies and ontologies for preservation ecosystems.
June 2013: Plato 4.2
We are pleased to announce the release of Plato 4.2, including:
- Better policy integration
- Improved selection of alternatives
- Improved tree views
- Initial MyExperiment migration service allows passing parameters
For further details check the Github milestone.
Did you encounter any bugs or do you have any comments? Please submit bug reports and comments using the integrated feedback link in Plato, or send us an email.