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    33The importance of Instant Messaging (IM) for private and organizational communication increased over the last years. IM became one of the most used communication channels on ther internet and more and more valuable information is exchanged via instant messages. In contrast to the increasing amount of information exchanged, the IM implementations lack support to archive the information and retrieve it later when needed. Instant messaging is still transient and information gets lost. 
    4 While E-Mail can be archived long-term server-side using the IMAP standard, there is no standard for archiving IM conversations. Chat logs are mostly stored locally on the client machine, using IM-client-specific file formats. This has several disadvantages: Storing the archive locally on the client computers is inconvenient when using more than one computer, archives is spread over different installations, are out of sync and get easily lost. Using proprietary, client- and protocol-specific formats to store the information makes it hard to manage and search the stored information using other interfaces than the client UI. 
     4While E-Mail can be archived long-term server-side using the IMAP standard, there is no standard for archiving IM conversations. Chat logs are mostly stored locally on the client machine, using IM-client-specific file formats. This has several disadvantages: Storing the archive locally on the client computers is inconvenient when using more than one computer, archives are spread over different installations, are out of sync and get easily lost. Using proprietary, client- and protocol-specific formats to store the information makes it hard to manage and search the stored information using other interfaces than the client UI. 
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    66This project thesis addresses these issues by developing [http://nabu.opendfki.de/ Nabu], a system providing server-side logging of instant messages.