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Automated Culling of Data in a Relational Database for Archiving
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Software Engineering.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Background. Archiving of legacy information systems is challenging. When no options exist for extracting the information in a structured way, the last resort is to save the database. Optimally only the information that is relevant should be saved and the rest of the information could be removed.

Objectives. The goal is to develop a method for assisting the archivist in the process of culling a database before archiving. The method should be described as rules defining how the tables can be identified.Methods. To get an overview of how the process works today and what archivists think can be improved, a number of interviews with experts in database archiving is done. The results from the interviews are then analysed, together with test databases to define rules that can be used in a general case. The rules are then implemented in a prototype that is tested and evaluated to verify if the method works.

Results. The results point to the algorithm being both faster and able to exclude more irrelevant tables than a person could do with the manual method. An algorithm for finding candidate keys has also been improved to decrease the number of tests and execution time in the worst case.

Conclusions. The evaluation shows results that point to the method working as intended while resulting in less work for the archivist. More work should be done on this method to improve it further.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 46
Keywords [en]
digital preservation, Information Systems, legacy systems, database reverse engineering
National Category
Computer Systems Software Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-18261OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-18261DiVA, id: diva2:1332882
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Sydarkivera
Subject / course
Degree Project in Master of Science in Engineering 30,0 hp
Educational program
PAACI Master of Science in Game and Software Engineering
Presentation
2019-06-05, 11:00 (English)
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Available from: 2019-08-19 Created: 2019-06-28 Last updated: 2019-08-19Bibliographically approved

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