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 Pieter J. Van Garderen

I am the original designer and developer of the Archivematica and AtoM software systems. These tools are used to manage the accessibility, usability and authenticity of digital information objects at hundreds of organizations worldwide. Artefactual Systems is the lead developer for these free and open source applications.

I launched Artefactual Systems in 2001 to provide recordkeeping technology services and since then I have presented at and worked with major memory institutions worldwide to implement enterprise archival systems and records management policies.

I was recognized for this work with a Distinguished Alumnus designation by the University of British Columbia’s iSchool program, the youngest recipient to date. I have worked at UBC’s iSchool as an Adjunct Professor (1999-2004) and as the Project Coordinator for International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems (InterPARES Project) (1998-2000). I also hold a Certificate in Software Engineering (2001) from UBC.


I stepped aside as Artefactual Systems president and returned to work as an independent consultant and researcher in 2014. I use this website to track my research progress and to advertise my VANGARDEREN.NET consultancy services.

Ensuring universal access to permanent collections of authentic information continues to be what gets me up in the morning…really.