TIMBUS – Timeless Business Processes and Services

– a project within the Digital Preservation area

Overview

Digital Preservation (DP) is traditionally understood as the management of digital information over time. It is the set of processes and activities that ensure continued access to assets existing in digital formats. 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, analyzed, 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.

More information: http://www.timbusproject.net/

Timbus

  • analyzes and recommends which BP aspects should be preserved and how
  • based on feasibility and cost-benefit analysis
  • delivers methodologies and tools to capture and formalize existing Business Processes on technical/organizational levels
  • aligns DP with Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) & Business Continuity Management (BCM)

Phases

Business Process Preservation can be broken down in:

1. Planning
  • perform enterprise risk analysis
  • determine requirements for preserving relevant Business Processes
  • capture and define relevant context and dependencies

2. Preservation

  • perform required preservation actions (e.g., emulation of external services and migration of data)

3. Redeployment

  • reactivates and reruns Business Processes in executing environment
  • verification of performance and behavior

 

SBA research topics

  • Determine process context – Document dependencies and environment issues influencing processes (Process Migration Framework).
  • Processes for DP of Business Processes – Process framework to preserve Business Processes across different industrial domains.
  • Software escrow – technical and legal framework – Semi-automatic audit for depositing artifacts for software escrow
  • Provenance and authenticity – Aims towards trusted preservation of Business Processes, documents the history of data and processes
  • Validation of preserved business processes and verification of redeployed processes – Validate processes for preservation and verify the performance and behavior of redeployed processes in new execution environments
  • Compliance issues of business processes – define legal aspects for preserving business processes

 

Publications

  • Tomasz Miksa and Rudolf Mayer and Andreas Rauber, "Ensuring sustainability of web services dependent processes," International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering (IJCSE), vol. 10, pp. 70-81, 2015. BibTeX | PDF
    @ARTICLE{_Ensuring_sustainability_of_web_2013,
      Author = {Tomasz Miksa and Rudolf Mayer and Andreas Rauber},
      title = {Ensuring sustainability of web services dependent processes},
      journal = {International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering (IJCSE)},
      year = {2015},
      month = {0},
      pdf = {IJCSE1001_0205 MIKSA.pdf},
      volume = {10},
      pages = {70--81},
      publisher = {Inderscience Publishers},
      }
  • Stefan Proell and Rudolf Mayer and Andreas Rauber, "Data Access and Reproducibility in Privacy Sensitive eScience Domains," in 11th IEEE International Conference on eScience, 2015. BibTeX | PDF
    @INPROCEEDINGS{Proell8Data,
      Author = {Stefan Proell and Rudolf Mayer and Andreas Rauber},
      title = {Data Access and Reproducibility in Privacy Sensitive eScience Domains},
      booktitle = {11th IEEE International Conference on eScience},
      year = {2015},
      month = {8},
      pdf = {http://www.ifs.tuwien.ac.at/~mayer/publications/pdf/pro_15escience.pdf},
      }
  • M. Neumann and Hossein Miri and John Thomson and Gonccalo Antunes and Rudolf Mayer and Michael Beigl, "Towards a Decision Support Architecture for Digital Preservation of Business Processes," in Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Digital Preservation (iPres 2012), 2012. BibTeX | PDF
    @INPROCEEDINGS{_Towards_a_Decision_Support_Arc_2012,
      Author = {M. Neumann and Hossein Miri and John Thomson and Gonccalo Antunes and Rudolf Mayer and Michael Beigl},
      title = {Towards a Decision Support Architecture for Digital Preservation of Business Processes},
      booktitle = {Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Digital Preservation (iPres 2012)},
      year = {2012},
      month = {10},
      pdf = {neu_ipres12-reasoning.pdf},
      }
  • Mykola Galushka and Philip Taylor and Wasif Gilani and John Thomson and Stephan Strodl and M. Neumann, "Digital Preservation of Business Processes with TIMBUS Architecture," in Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects IPRES2012, 2012, pp. 117-125. BibTeX | PDF
    @INPROCEEDINGS{_Digital_Preservation_of_Busine_2012,
      Author = {Mykola Galushka and Philip Taylor and Wasif Gilani and John Thomson and Stephan Strodl and M. Neumann},
      title = {Digital Preservation of Business Processes with TIMBUS Architecture},
      booktitle = {Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects IPRES2012},
      year = {2012},
      month = {10},
      pdf = {iPres2012_Digital_Preservation_Of_Business_Processes_with_TIMBUS_Architecture.pdf},
      pages = {117-125},
      }
  • Stephan Strodl and D. Draws and Gonccalo Antunes and Andreas Rauber, "Business Process Preservation How to capture, document and evaluate," in Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects IPRES2012, 2012. BibTeX | PDF
    @INPROCEEDINGS{_Business_Process_Preservation__2012,
      Author = {Stephan Strodl and D. Draws and Gonccalo Antunes and Andreas Rauber},
      title = {Business Process Preservation How to capture, document and evaluate},
      booktitle = {Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects IPRES2012},
      year = {2012},
      month = {10},
      pdf = {IPRES 2012_strodl_paper_10.pdf},
      }

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Contact: Ao. Univ. Prof. Dr. Andreas Rauber

 

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