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.