DISKI 339 ISBN 978-3-89838-339-4 Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft AKA GmbH Berlin 5/2013.
This thesis addresses the research question, how an infrastructure for digital object memories has to be designed. Primary goal of this thesis is to identify and develop components and processes of an architecture concept particularly suited to represent, manage, and use digital object memories. In order to leverage acceptance and deployment of this novel technology, the envisioned infrastructure has to include tools for integration of new systems, and for migration with existing systems. Special requirements to object memories result from the heterogeneity of data in so-called open-loop scenarios. On the one hand, it has to be flexible enough to handle different data types. On the other hand, a simple and structured data access is required. Depending on the application scenario, the latter one needs to be complemented with concepts for a rights- and role-based access and version control. First, this thesis provides a data model for structuring object memory data by means of meta data, which enables cross-domain data exchange in heterogeneous scenarios. Then, a software architecture concept will be introduced, which provides means of storing and accessing memory data, and integrates an activity component into object memories. Finally, the concept is completed by a toolset that enables developers to migrate existing datasets, to create new structures based on semantic information, and to support user interaction with this data by means of application-specific visualizations.