Contract number: 10DPST/20.08.2013
Project title: Technologies for processing and assuring electronic content – acronym: TAPE
Project Coordinator: CERTSIGN SA
Project Manager: Togan Virgiliu-Mihail
Project funded by UEFISCDI – Program: Innovation – Subprogram: Product-Systems-Technologies Development
Total value: 4.728.225,00 RON
Non-refundable: 1.878.637,75 RON
Consortium: CERTSIGN SA
certSIGN’s overall objective to increase its market competitiveness aligns with the project objective to stimulate enterprise innovation by developing “Technologies for processing and assuring electronic content” that underlie products or services which will allow satisfying some needs lying at the convergence of eDiscovery-type markets combined with long term electronic archiving and content assurance.
The eDescovery market refers, in a broader sense, to finding, processing and presentation of stored information or exchanged in electronic format, for better information management, for past values preservation or to use information in any kind of litigations. On the other hand, the electronic information archiving market refers to the products and services that provide long-term storage, in accordance with electronic archival rules, for electronic content, specific to an organization. Also, these solutions provide capabilities for searching and finding information quickly, allowing organizations to enforce rules and policies for archiving information, thus providing the platform for services such as e-Discovery or data loss prevention.
The technologies developed will form the basis of a software product that will be delivered, depending on market opportunities as a standalone application or as Software as a Service (SaaS) / Platform as a Service (PaaS).
Electronic information is different from printed information because of its intangible form, volume, or durability over time. Also, once the information is identified, in most cases, it is presented with varying degrees of relevance, consistency and coherent structure. When electronic information takes a structured or indexed form, it is usually accompanied by metadata that is not present in the document itself but can play an important role if it is used as evidence in various litigations (e.g. the date and time when the information was issued is useful in a copyright dispute).
There should be considered the fact that, globally, the IT industry has a clear tendency to increase the level processing for the information generated by organizations. The R&D project in this field will allow, at this point, to further develop Romania’s accumulated experience and to place the global IT services and applications in the forefront.
In the medium term, the project will allow certSIGN SA:
Electronic content may originate from:
Of course, the two sources above may be used separately or simultaneously.
For positioning the solutions and services in the reference industry the EDRM model is used as a benchmark.
The EDRM model was created in may 2005 address the lack of standards and guidelines in the eDiscovery market – a problem identified in 2003 and 2004 that was a major concern for consumers and providers of such products and services alike.
The finished reference model provides a common, flexible and extensible framework for the development, selection, evaluation and use of electronic products and services for eDiscovery. The finished model was placed in the public domain in 2006.
The service provided by certSIGN SA will include the components for identifying, collecting, processing and assuring and for on demand archival and presentation
Subsequently, certSIGN will be able to develop the service to other adjacent areas such as business intelligence or data mining, to the extent to which the market opportunities demand it
The way forward in this perspective will be determined after the completion of the analysis phase of the project development, a phase which aims to collect as much information as possible, including by resorting to external consulting services
Setting the information exchange path from the creation to the end of the electronic content’s life so as to reduce the associated risk and costs
Locating potential sources of electronic information and determining their field of relevance
Collection of electronic information for later use in various stages of the process (analysis, presentation, etc)
Reducing the volume of electronic information and converting it, if necessary, into a format more suitable for review and analysis
Evaluation of electronic information in terms of relevance and access rights
Evaluation of electronic information in terms of content and context it is in, including addressed topics
Delivery of electronically stored information to the next presentation phase in the approved format and using the appropriate delivery mechanisms
Displaying the relevant electronic content in front of the beneficiary or third parties
Implementation period: 27 months
Technical studies on algorithms, technical mechanisms and methods available for collecting, structuring, archiving and ensuring electronic content
Creating experimental models and the requirements analysis in view of designing prototypes
Designing prototypes and developing technical implementation documentation.
Developing, testing and validating prototypes
Technological transfer of the results of experimental development
For more information on this project see the reports below: