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PANIC Overview

Preservation webservices Architecture for Newmedia, Interactive Collections and Scientific Data


The PANIC project aims to provide a cost-effective integrated preservation framework for newmedia, interactive collections and scientific data, which supports:

  • Very large, heterogeneous, distributed collections
  • Multiple formats
  • Changing organisational needs
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • New emerging formats, software, recommendations
  • Recommender services


PANIC architecture

Key Goals

Using a variety of case studies the key objectives are to:

  • Compare emulation, migration and metadata approaches to multimedia preservation;
  • Determine the optimum media formats, authoring tools, metadata & preservation processes to maximize longevity, accessibility and preservation of multimedia objects;
  • Develop recommendations and guidelines for multimedia content creators and collecting agencies;
  • Implement metadata schemas, metadata capture tools, workflows for capturing essential metadata and automating preservation actions;
  • Implement a preservation web services architecture that delivers:
    • Automatic notification services when a preservation action is required;
    • OWL-S ontologies for describing and discovering preservation web services;
    • Automatic discovery and invocation of the most appropriate preservation service(s) based on user or organisational requirements;
    • Automatic composition of composite preservation services by choreographing simple services.