The aim of the POCOS project was to deliver a series of three symposia at locations across the United Kingdom at which global thought-leaders in research into the Preservation of Complex Objects would share and thereby extend the body of knowledge on this topic.

The fundamental task facing these symposia was to present material of great technological and organisational complexity in a lucid, cogent, relevant and approachable manner so as to engage UK HEI researchers and practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines, as well as reaching those further afield in, for example, commerce, industry, cinema, government, games and films classification boards.

Each seminar was further supported by a substantial and innovative dissemination programme to ensure that the maximum long-term value was obtained from the outputs of the seminar. This included the production of a peer-reviewed book of the outputs from each symposium offered to the community in a variety of formats.