Glossary search

International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems

n. (InterPARES, abbr.) ~ A research project with members from several countries that is investigating the problems of the authenticity, reliability, and accuracy of electronic records throughout their life cycle.


InterPARES 1 began in 1999 and concluded in 2001; reports are available on the project website. InterPARES 2 began in 2002 and will run through 2006. See

(InterPARES website 2002, 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 other reports.
(InterPARES2, p. 5) Thus the proposed research project, hereinafter called InterPARES 2, aims at developing a theoretical understanding of the records generated by interactive, dynamic, and experiential systems, of their process of creation, and of their present and potential use in the artistic, scientific and government sectors. On the basis of this understanding, the project will formulate methodologies for ensuring that the records created using these systems can be trusted as to their content (that is, are reliable and accurate) and as records (that is, are authentic) while used by the creator; for selecting those that have to be kept for legal, administrative, social or cultural reasons after they are no longer needed by the creator; for preserving them in authentic form over the long term; and for analyzing and evaluating advanced technologies for the implementation of these methodologies in a way that respects cultural diversity and pluralism.