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PV 2015 Conference

03–05 November 2015, Darmstadt, Germany

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Ensuring Long-Term Data Preservation, and Adding Value to Scientific and Technical Data

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03 November 2015

The PV 2015 Conference welcomes you to its eighth edition, to be held 3-5 November 2015 in Darmstadt (Germany), organised by EUMETSAT .

Previous events were held at:

  • CNES in Toulouse (PV 2002)
  • ESA-ESRIN in Frascati (PV 2004)
  • DCC in Edinburgh (PV 2005)
  • DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen (PV 2007)
  • ESA-ESAC in Madrid (PV 2009)
  • CNES in Toulouse (PV 2011)
  • ESA-ESRIN in Frascati (PV 2013)

For its eighth edition, the conference series moves to EUMETSAT in Darmstadt/Germany to continue addressing prospects in the domain of data preservation, stewardship and value adding of scientific data and research related information.

“Standards for Archives and Interoperability enabling new added value services”

An end-to-end management approach for the long term data preservation is key to ensure that there is no loss of information and data. It also entails the access to the archived data – including discovery, metadata, formats and interoperability considerations with the relevant standards – as well as the curation processes aimed at improving the information content and the usability of the archived data.

Archived data is not static, changes are taking place and need to be managed while operations are on-going. Amongst other initiatives, archives have started to gather user feedback on the data accessibility and added feedback to the metadata. Archived data is being reprocessed with an enhanced understanding of instruments and scientific processes, improving the quality of the data and the benefit to the user community. Persistent identifiers are added to archived data sets, enabling their publication, citation and creating a traceable chain to scientific articles, thus enhancing the usability and accessibility. Initiatives are under way to certify data and/or long term archives.

For information

The deadline for Final Paper submission was extended to 27 November 2015.
The template can be downloaded here .

The PV 2015 Conference in Darmstadt/Germany is organised by EUMETSAT and provides a forum to discuss the many challenges organisations are faced today with rapid growth of data and topics around data preservation, value adding and interoperability. During the three days of the PV 2015, participants will have the opportunity to share knowledge experience and lessons learnt in these fields and network with colleagues.

The objectives of the conference are:

  • Share knowledge, experiences, lessons learnt and best practices as well as foster Cooperation in the area of Data Preservation and archived data Stewardship
  • Address prospects in the domain of high volume, high-velocity, high-variety scientific and technical data preservation together with value adding to these data
  • Provide a forum for organisations dealing with preservation of own data and value adding to present the status of their activities, plans and expectations

Session 1:  Data Stewardship approaches to ensure long-term data and knowledge preservation

  • Data and knowledge preservation policies and approaches
  • State of the art of data archiving and access techniques
  • Archives and Data Centres architectures and approaches
  • Architecture and engineering approaches for long-term preservation and data migration
  • Architecture of configurable systems in the context of evolving technology
  • Main threats to data preservation

Session 2: Adding value to data and facilitation of data use

  • Approaches and architectures for full data life cycle management: data ingestion, archival, retrieval, circulation, processing and dissemination
  • Large-scale data ("big-data") end-to-end management approaches and architectures
  • State of the art techniques for data handling and adding value to data
  • Added value services and applications on top of archives
  • Building useful and user-friendly access to the data and associated knowledge
  • Integrating user feedback into archives and repositories
  • Facilitation of data use and exploitation: techniques, systems and tools
  • Collaboration platforms for data exploitation
  • Reporting on archive performance and user access

Session 3: Metadata, formats, standards and interoperability

  • Data formats and format specification methods
  • Metadata modelling for data description
  • Metadata Conversion
  • Data quality, data curation and data validation
  • Interoperability of systems and services for facilitated data access and use
  • Interoperable service architectures and distributed environments
  • Interoperability through common data formats and products specifications
  • Standards to allow archives operability and access
  • Standards to facilitate data use
  • Semantics and ontologies
  • Using Persistent Identifiers in Archives

Session 4: Data preservation lessons learnt and future prospects

  • Examples of working systems and the lessons learnt that can be derived from them
  • Lessons learnt from archive migration to new technologies
  • Implications of new technologies for engineering processes, data storage, operations costs and system performance
  • Advantages and difficulties of building interoperable services
  • Common or re-usable systems for archives building
  • On-going or potential areas of cooperation in data preservation, access and use
  • Data at risk: examples of data not currently preserved or at risk
  • Usage of modern Web technology in the archives context
  • Preserving heterogeneity or aiming for homogeneity?
  • Certification of data archives


  • Mirko Albani, ESA-ESRIN, Rome, Italy
  • Harald Rothfuss, EUMETSAT, Darmstadt, Germany


  • Christophe Arviset, ESA-ESAC, Villafranca del Castillo, Spain
  • Reta Beebe, NASA/PDS, NMSU, USA
  • Aurelie Bellucci, CNES, Toulouse, France
  • Francoise Genova, CDS, Strasbourg, France
  • David Giaretta, Alliance for Permanent Access, The Netherlands
  • Eberhard Mikusch, DLR, Oberpaffenhofen, Germany
  • Nancy Ritchey, NOAA NCDC, Ashville, USA
  • Michael Schick, EUMETSAT, Darmstadt, Germany
  • Jamie Shiers, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Thomas Stein, Washington University, USA
  • Hannes Thiemann, DKRZ, Hamburg, Germany

Organising Committee:

  • Gabriele Kerrmann (EUMETSAT)
  • Harald Rothfuss (EUMETSAT)
  • Sara Mesa Sequeira (EUMETSAT)
  • 16 January 2015: 1st Announcement and Call for Papers
  • 13 April 2015: Deadline abstract submissions
  • 12 June 2015: Registration opening
  • 12 June 2015: Notification to authors
  • 14 September 2015: End of early bird registration
  • 1 November 2015: Deadline final paper submission
  • 3-5 November 2015: PV 2015 Conference
  • End December 2015: availability of online proceedings

Online registration will open on 12 June 2015

  • Early registration fee before 14 September 2015 - 250 €
  • Late registration fee after 14 September 2015 - 350 €
  • Student fee 150€ (max. 10 student registrations on a first-come, first-served basis)

The registration fee covers attendance of all sessions, 3 lunches, coffee breaks, welcome drink and conference dinner.

Darmstadt is located just 30 km south of Frankfurt am Main. The city enjoys a reputation as a “City of Science” thanks to the many public and private scientific research establishments located there, not to mention EUMETSAT and ESA/ESOC.

The Welcome Hotel in Darmstadt has been selected to host the 2015 PV Conference.
The 4* hotel is situated in the heart of the city at the Karolinenplatz. It provides a perfect setting for events and conferences.

Welcome Hotel Darmstadt
Karolinenplatz 464289 Darmstadt

For further information on the venue, please consult http://www.welcome-hotels.com/en/welcomehotel-darmstadt/info/

A number of rooms have been pre-booked at special rates in the Welcome Hotel, as well as in the IBIS Darmstadt City Hotel.

Information on other hotels in the area is provided on this map.

The EUMETSAT Organising Committee can be contacted at:

E-mail: PV2015@eumetsat.int

The deadline for abstract submission was 27 April 2015.

The electronic Conference Proceedings will be published on this web page by end December 2015.
The deadline for Final Paper submission is 27 November 2015.

The template can be downloaded here .