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TIMBUS

Project ID: 269940
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Digital Preservation for Timeless Business Processes and Services

From 2011-04-01 to 2014-12-31, closed project | TIMBUS Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 11 548 030

EU contribution:

EUR 7 778 616

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2009-6See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Description

TIMBUS extends traditional digital preservation approaches by introducing the need to analyse and preserve services, and by aligning preservation actions with business continuity management.

A primary motivation for TIMBUS is the declining use of centralised in-house business processes. Based on the concept of software as a service and on Internet services, business processes are increasingly supported by systems offered by different providers and located in various geographical locations. These are not only continuously changing and evolving but might even be discontinued if services or service providers disappear, leaving partially complete business processes behind.

Therefore, TIMBUS researchers endeavour to enlarge the understanding of digital preservation to include the set of activities, processes and tools that ensure continued access to services and software. This enlarged understanding brings digital preservation into the domain of business continuity management.

This approach will allow for reproducing the execution context in which information can be accessed, properly rendered, validated and transformed into knowledge. One of the fundamental requirements for achieving this is to preserve the functional and non-functional specifications of services and software, along with their dependencies. This is more challenging than the plain preservation of data since elements such as versioning, licensing, cryptographic schemes, data formats, host-system environments, architectures and hardware requirements of software continue to change over time.

The TIMBUS consortium shows a strong participation of the IT industry, combined with industrial and academic research labs.

Objective

The digital preservation problem is well-understood for query-centric information scenarios but has been less explored for scenarios where the important digital information to be preserved is the execution context within which data is processed, analysed, transformed and rendered. Furthermore, preservation is often considered as a set of activities carried out in the isolation of a single domain, without considering the dependencies on third-party services, information and capabilities that will be necessary to validate digital information in a future usage context.
TIMBUS will endeavour to enlarge the understanding of DP to include the set of activities, processes and tools that ensure continued access to services and software necessary to produce the context within which information can be accessed, properly rendered, validated and transformed into knowledge. One of the fundamental requirements is to preserve the functional and non-functional specifications of services and software, along with their dependencies.

Related information

Coordinator contact

Philip TAYLOR, (Business Intelligence Practice Manager)
E-mail

Coordinator

SAP SE
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 1 773 597


DIETMAR HOPP ALLEE 16
69190 WALLDORF
Germany
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Sonia Lippe
Tel.: +415887750
Fax: +415887700
E-mail

Participants

VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG DER IT-SICHERHEIT IN OSTERREICH
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 1 101 756


FAVORITENSTRASSE
1040 WIEN
Austria
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Edgar Weippl
Tel.: +4315053688
Fax: +4315058888
E-mail
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 556 956


KAISERSTRASSE 12
76131 KARLSRUHE
Germany
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Beigl Michael
Tel.: +49 721 46470413
Fax: +49 721 9663418
E-mail
WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 451 338


SCHLOSSPLATZ 2
48149 MUENSTER
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Thomas Hoeren
Tel.: +49 251 8338600
Fax: +49 251 8338601
E-mail
SQS SOFTWARE QUALITY SYSTEMS AG
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 447 760


STOLLWERCKSTRASSE
51149 KOLN
Germany
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Sven Euteneuer
Tel.: +49220391541392
Fax: +492203915415
E-mail
IPHARRO MEDIA GMBH
Participation ended
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 78 728


WILHELMINENSTR
64283 DARMSTADT
Germany
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Bernhard Chytra
Tel.: +49 61518509240
Fax: +49 61518509499
E-mail
INTEL RESEARCH AND INNOVATION IRELAND LIMITED
Participation ended
Ireland

EU contribution: EUR 695 656


COLLINSTOWN INDUSTRIAL ESTATE
. LEIXLIP KILDARE
Ireland
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Christina Weir
Tel.: +35316064632
Fax: +35316064632
E-mail
LABORATORIO DE INSTRUMENTACAO E FISICA EXPERIMENTAL DE PARTICULAS
Participation ended
Portugal

EU contribution: EUR 49 700


RUA LARGA 4, UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA, DEPARTAMENTO DE FISICA
3004 516 COIMBRA
Portugal
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Jorge Humberto Lúcio Oliveira Gomes
Tel.: +351 217973880
Fax: +351 217934631
E-mail
LABORATORIO NACIONAL DE ENGENHARIA CIVIL
Portugal

EU contribution: EUR 390 779


AV DO BRASIL 101
1700 066 LISBOA
Portugal
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: José António Paiva e Costa
Tel.: +351218443649
Fax: +351218443018
E-mail
CAIXA MAGICA SOFTWARE SA
Portugal

EU contribution: EUR 961 102


RUA SOEIRO PEREIRA GOMES LOTE 1 4 B EDIFICIO ESPANHA
1600 196 LISBOA
Portugal
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Paulo Trezentos
Tel.: +351 217921260
Fax: +351 217921261
E-mail
INESC ID - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIADE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, INVESTIGACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO EM LISBOA
Portugal

EU contribution: EUR 814 173


RUA ALVES REDOL 9
1000 029 LISBOA
Portugal
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Ilda Ribeiro
Tel.: +351213100424
Fax: +351213100425
E-mail
DIGITAL PRESERVATION COALITION LIMITED BY GUARANTEE*DPC
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 457 071


Innovation Centre, York Science Park, Heslington
YO10 5DG York
United Kingdom
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: William Kilbride
Tel.: +44141 330 4522
Fax: +441904435135
E-mail
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