|TimeCenter is an international center for the support of temporal database
applications on traditional and emerging DBMS technologies.
Recent advances in temporal query languages and data models clearly
demonstrate that database applications that manage time-varying data - and most
do - may benefit substantially from built-in temporal support in the database
technology used. It is the goal of TimeCenter to contribute substantially to
moving research ideas into practice. Recently developed commercial offerings
indicate that this is now happening, with a database management system and
associated tools that support valid-time, transaction-time, and bitemporal data.
While others are pursuing valuable organizational solutions to the general
problem of effective technology transfer, TimeCenter focuses on technical
solutions and aims at developing temporal database technology that is expressly transferable. Such technology allows for the continued operation of
legacy code, for the harmonious coexistence of legacy and new application code
and for the reuse of programmer expertise and knowledge. It also allows for
maximal, effective, and efficient reuse of the functionality already provided by
current database management systems. Together, these properties lead to a
technology that is attractive to use and is manageable to implement.
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