The InterPARES 1 Project


The InterPARES (International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems) Project is a major international research initiative in which archival scholars, computer engineering scholars, national archival institutions and private industry representatives are collaborating to develop the theoretical and methodological knowledge required for the long-term preservation of the authenticity of records created in electronic systems. The InterPARES Project is based in the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia.

The first phase of the project, InterPARES 1, began in 1999 and was concluded in 2001. It focused on the preservation of the authenticity of records that are no longer needed by the creating body to fulfill its own mission or purposes. This phase has produced conceptual requirements for authenticity, models of the processes of selection and preservation of authentic electronic records, a glossary, and several other documents that are posted here. The final text of the InterPARES 1 findings will be electronically published on this web site by September 2002 and printed as a book by the Italian Ministry for Cultural Properties and Activities in the winter 2002-2003.



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