The good people at Digital Preservation Europe have created another entertaining animated short explaining a core digital preservation concept. Team Digital Preservation and the Arctic Mountain Adventure, the latest installment in the adventures of DigiMan and his cohorts, highlights the importance and nuts-and-bolts components preservation planning (it also indicates that DigiMan is a terrible babysitter, but that's another story).
This video was created in part to highlight Plato, the digital preservation planning tool created by the European Union-funded PLANETS project, which wrapped up a couple of months ago. I haven't yet had the chance to check out Plato, but Chris Prom has written a detailed assessment of its strengths and weaknesses. It looks like a valuable, if imperfect, tool.
All of the Team Digital Preservation videos are available on YouTube, and if you haven't had the chance to check them out, by all means do so. They're an excellent resource for archivists who need to explain the basics of digital preservation to non-archivists (e.g., records creators, IT people, senior administrators, relatives and friends). They're also fun, and I'm looking forward to the next Team Digital Preservation production.