The birth of the S-Network, a universally applicable trustworthy repository, should enable users to make and access reliable publications and secure deposits. The S-Network combines secure long term data storage and preservation in a computer network with permanent non-repudiation accessibility of its content and legal validity.

Trustworthy and secure services in computer networks are required for many applications in varying market sectors, including eCommerce, eGovernment, and eHealth. The S-Network is intended to become a platform for applications that have most stringent requirements, e.g. fair contract signing.