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Digital Preservation for Timeless Business Processes and Services

Digital Preservation for Timeless Business Processes and Services

Objective

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.

Coordinator Contact

Philip TAYLOR (Mr)

Coordinator

SAP SE

Address

Dietmar Hopp Allee 16
69190 Walldorf

Germany

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 1 773 597

Administrative Contact

Sonia Lippe (Ms.)

Participants (11)

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VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG DER IT-SICHERHEIT IN OSTERREICH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 1 101 756

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 556 956

WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 451 338

SQS SOFTWARE QUALITY SYSTEMS AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 447 760

IPHARRO MEDIA GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 78 728

INTEL RESEARCH AND INNOVATION IRELAND LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 695 656

LABORATORIO DE INSTRUMENTACAO E FISICA EXPERIMENTAL DE PARTICULAS

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 49 700

LABORATORIO NACIONAL DE ENGENHARIA CIVIL

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 390 779

CAIXA MAGICA SOFTWARE SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 961 102

INESC ID - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIADE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, INVESTIGACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO EM LISBOA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 814 173

DIGITAL PRESERVATION COALITION LIMITED BY GUARANTEE*DPC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 457 071

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 269940

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2011

  • End date

    31 December 2014

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 11 548 030

  • EU contribution

    € 7 778 616

Coordinated by:

SAP SE

Germany