Atlantic Workshop on Long Term Knowledge Retention (LTKR)

Department of Mechanical Engineering,
University of Bath, UK

12-13 February 2007

This is an invitation only event

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In almost every area of human endeavour, the rate at which digital information generated is far exceeding the rate of consumption. Engineering is no exception to this trend where MBytes of design, manufacturing and production data are generated and modified everyday. The importance of having effective systems for archiving and maintaining digital information has been recognised on both sides of the Atlantic.

In the US, for example, the Digital Preservation Project of US Library of Congress ( has brought together a wide range of researchers from many different disciplines. Similar efforts are underway in the UK with the establishment of the Digital Curation Centre (, which aims to support and promote continuing improvement in the quality of data curation and of associated digital preservation.

The specific problems of maintaining industrial data has been brought into sharp focus by the paradigm shift many engineering companies (both in the UK and US) are undergoing from product delivery to through-life service support. Firms are increasingly required to supply products and to provide support services throughout the product lifetime. This requires new business, operational and information system models that extend thirty years or more into the future. In the UK this need has been recognised by a 5M research project ( that brings together researchers from 11 universities.

Workshop information

With work in progress on both sides of the Atlantic and so many common issues this workshop is intended to provide a forum for information and archival specialists, domain knowledge experts from manufacturing and product engineering, and other stakeholders, to share knowledge and experience from different projects and disciplines and discuss among other things:

1. Representation:

2. Broader issues:

3. Content: Product Engineering Informatics


The workshop will take place in the Mechanical Engineering Department, Building 8 East Room 3.15, at the University of Bath. Campus maps and directions can be found at


Online booking is available. There is no charge to attend the workshop, however delegates will be expected to meet their own travel and accommodation fees.


Accommodation is available on site at University of Bath. Polden Court has been accredited with a 3* Campus rating by the English Tourist Board and is primarily designed as an all-year-round Conference Centre. The accommodation is of a very high standard providing single bedrooms with full en-suite facilities (bath, shower, toilet and washbasin) and the rooms also have their own televisions.

Double Room - £63.45
Single Room - £44.65

Accommodation may be limited. If required, please email stating the event you are attending and your requirements.

A comprehensive list of hotels and guesthouses is available at Early booking is advisable.

Further information


2006 LTKR Workshop web site:

The final report from the 2006 LTKR Workshop is available: [PDF]

For information regarding the workshop content please contact:

Dr W.Regli,
Drexel University

Dr J Corney
Heriot Watt University

Professor C McMahon
University of Bath

For information regarding registration and the venue please contact:

Michelle Smith
Marketing & Events
UKOLN, University of Bath
+44 (0) 1225 384488

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