Trusting records in the cloud

For Immediate Release
Wed, 11/20/2019


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — “Trusting Records in the Cloud: The Creation, Management, and Preservation of Trustworthy Digital Content,” published by Facet Publishing in association with the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and available through the ALA Store, presents up-to-date research and offers concrete guidelines for records professionals concerned with challenges to records in the online environment including privacy, accessibility, portability, metadata and ownership. Edited by Luciana Duranti and Corinne Rogers, this collection highlights the key findings of the InterPARES Trust project, which has investigated issues of trust in and trustworthiness of records in the cloud environment. The project generated theoretical and methodological frameworks to develop local, national and international policies, procedures, regulations, standards and legislation, in order to ensure public trust grounded on evidence of good governance, a strong digital economy, and a persistent digital memory. Coverage includes:

  • the risks and remedies to the contracts the general public must enter into with social media and other service providers;
  • implementing retention and disposition schedules in the cloud;
  • understanding the role of metadata in cloud services for chain of custody;
  • rethinking issues of appraisal, arrangement and description;
  • new practices with respect to preservation including a model for preservation as a series of services that may be implemented by a single trusted digital repository or by a variety of preservation actors; and
  • information governance, risk management, and authentication practices and technologies.

Duranti is Professor of archival theory, diplomatics, and the management of digital records in the master’s and doctoral archival programs of the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies of the University of British Columbia, Canada. She is the Director of the Centre for the International Study of Contemporary Records and Archives and InterPARES. Rogers, previously Project Coordinator for InterPARES (2013-2019), is an adjunct professor in the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (the iSchool) at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and a Systems Archivist with Artefactual Systems. She is co-author of Digital Records Pathways: Topics in Digital Preservation, a suite of online educational resources produced by InterPARES for the International Council on Archives.

Facet Publishing, the commercial publishing and bookselling arm of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, is the leading publisher of books for library and information professionals worldwide. ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide. Contact us at (800) 545-2433 ext. 5052 or