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How do I ensure the authenticity of content in my IR?


  • Adam, Sharon. "Preserving Authenticity in the Digital Age." Library Hi Tech 28, no. 4 (2010): 595-604.

"The paper draws on literature from the field to present a comprehensive overview of traditional definitions of authenticity and highlight the shifting nature of those definitions in the digital age. The discussion begins with a look at traditional archival understandings of authenticity as they relate to physical objects. The paper goes on to examine these challenges and efforts and includes a look at the resource demands and technology tools currently used to evaluate digital authenticity. The paper conducted extensive research on the subject to compile source materials and draw conclusions."

  • Glick, Kevin, and Eliot Wilczek. “Ingest Guide for University Electronic Records.” 2006. [Link]

"One of the key challenges to preserving electronic records in a meaningful way is preserving the authenticity and integrity of records during their movement from a recordkeeping system to a preservation system. This Ingest Guide describes the actions needed for a trustworthy ingest process. This process enables an Archive and Producer to move records from a recordkeeping system to a preservation system in a manner that allows a presumption of authenticity."

  • MacNeil, Heather, and Bonnie Mak. "Constructions of Authenticity." Library Trends 56, no. 1 (2007): 26-52. [Link]

"The examination of these definitions of authenticity and their interpretation in different contexts suggests that authenticity is best understood as a social construction that has been put into place to achieve a particular aim. Its structures and goals vary from one field to the next and from one age to another. The article concludes that digital resources are comparable to traditional cultural resources such as art works, literary texts, and business records; they are in a continuous state of becoming and their authenticity is contingent and changeable."

  • "The Long-term Preservation of Authentic Electronic Records: Findings of the InterPARES Project." 2008. [Link]

"The stated goal of the InterPARES Project was to develop the theoretical and methodological knowledge essential to the permanent preservation of electronically generated records and, on the basis of this knowledge, to formulate model strategies, policies, and standards capable of ensuring their preservation.  To meet this goal, the research was organized into four domains of inquiry; a corresponding task force was formed to address the research questions specific to each domain.  The four domains are: authenticity, appraisal, preservation, and strategy."

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