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Providing Authentic Long-term Archival Access to Complex Relational Data. Submitted to: European Space Agency Symposium “Ensuring Long-Term Preservation and Adding Value to Scientific and Technical Data”, 5 - 7 October 2004, Frascati, Italy. Preprint, accepted for publication in conference proceedings.

Heuscher, Stephan and Jaermann, Stephan and Keller-Marxer, Peter and Moehle, Frank (2004) Providing Authentic Long-term Archival Access to Complex Relational Data. Submitted to: European Space Agency Symposium “Ensuring Long-Term Preservation and Adding Value to Scientific and Technical Data”, 5 - 7 October 2004, Frascati, Italy. Preprint, accepted for publication in conference proceedings..

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Abstract

We discuss long-term preservation of and access to relational databases. The focus is on national archives and
science data archives which have to ingest and integrate data from a broad spectrum of vendor-specific relational
database management systems (RDBMS). Furthermore, we present our solution SIARD which analyzes and extracts
data and data logic from almost any RDBMS. It enables, to a reasonable level of authenticity, complete detachment
of databases from their vendor-specific environment. The user can add archival descriptive metadata according to
a customizable schema. A SIARD database archive integrates data, data logic, technical metadata, and archival
descriptive information in one archival information package, independent of any specific software and hardware,
based upon plain text files and the standardized languages SQL and XML. For usage purposes, a SIARD archive
can be reloaded into any current or future RDBMS which supports standard SQL. In addition, SIARD contains a
client that enables ‘on demand’ reload of archives into a target RDBMS, and multi-user remote access for querying
and browsing the data together with its technical and descriptive metadata in one graphical user interface.

EPrint Type:Preprint
Subjects:B Digital Preservation Concerns: BH Technological obsolescence
F Formats: FD Databases
F Formats: FE Complex digital objects
I Software and Hardware: IA Software
E Data Documentation and Standards
H International: HD Institutional Projects
B Digital Preservation Concerns: BA Archiving
J Digital Records: JB Born digital objects
B Digital Preservation Concerns: BC Authenticity and Integrity
C Strategies and Procedures: CD Migration
Document Language:English
ID Code:66
Deposited By:Keller-Marxer, Dr. Peter
Deposited On:24 August 2004