I was a Doctoral Candidate in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam (2005-2013). The prototyping work from my PhD research spun off into the AtoM and Archivematica projects, which kept me busy for a number of years.

PhD research topic

I continue to research information today at its various layers of abstraction, i.e. as a signalled message, as physical object, as digital object, as conceptual object, etc.. I often use my software engineering training to apply a systems theory methodology to real-world consulting projects, public presentations, and lab prototypes. My current interests include the application of blockchain technologies to record-keeping processes as well as applying information theory to research data management problems.

I am also fascinated by the universe’s many unseen information fields and their interfaces with the human senses. This esoteric research includes analyzing and prototyping ambient information systems as well as developing theory about their information management functions. The long-term goal is to develop tools that improve the performance and scale of information exchange between sentient actors.

Papers & Presentations



May 2018 “Digital Preservation in the Jisc Research Data Shared Service” PV2018 (Harwell Campus, UK Space Agency). Matthew Addis, Van Garderen, Simpson & Simpson.

June 26, 2017 “From Planning to Deployment: Digital Preservation and Organizational Change” presentation and discussion panel, Digital Preservation Coalition (York, UK).

June 8, 2016Archival Requirements for the Decentralized Web” discussion panel, Decentralized Web Summit (San Francisco, CA).

June 2, 2016  “Archives, Technology and Innovation” opening keynote address, Association of Canadian Archivists conference (Montreal, Quebec)

May 17, 2016The Blockchain and Digital Preservation” VanDigiPres Forum (Vancouver, BC).

April 11, 2016  “Decentralized Autonomous article.

March 9, 2016  “Introduction to Blockchain and Recordkeeping” Recordkeeping Rountable (Sidney, Australia).

February 21, 2015  “Ethereum 101” Coinfest 2015 (Vancouver, BC).

June 25, 2014Archivatopia: the akashic record, what if?” Association of Canadian Archivists conference (Victoria, BC).

September 3, 2013Realizing the Archivematica vision: delivering a comprehensive and free OAIS implementation” 10th International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects (Lisbon, Portugal)

October 16, 2012Archivematica and the Open Source Mindset for Digital Preservation Systems” The Signal (Library of Congress)

October 6, 2012The Community Driven Evolution of the Archivematica Project” International Conference on Digital Preservation – iPres 2012 (Toronto, Canada)

September 26, 2012The Archivematica project: Meeting digital continuity’s technical challenges” UNESCO Memory of the World conference (Vancouver, Canada)

June 8, 2012 “AtoMs of gold” Association of Canadian Archivists annual conference (Whitehorse, Canada)

June 7, 2012 “Developing digital infrastructure for Canadian Archives” Association of Canadian Archivists annual conference (Whitehorse, Canada)

January 26 – 27, 2012 “Digital Preservation: From Theory to Practice” University of Toronto iSchool course (Toronto, Canada)

January 6, 2012 “Introduction to the Archivematica software and project” CurateGear: Enabling the Curation of Digital Collections (Chapel Hill, NC)

October 19, 2011 Open Source Big Data: Occupy the Memory. Access2011 (Vancouver, BC)

August 27, 2011 Practical Approaches to Born-Digital Records: What’s Coming Next. Society of American Archivists 2011 conference. (Chicago, IL)

August 16, 2011 Archivematica: Transfer & SIP Creation Design review. CURATEcamp 2011. (Stanford University, CA)

August 15, 2011 Why are we doing this again?: Digital Preservation Strategies Check-in CURATEcamp 2011. (Stanford University, CA)

June 26, 2011Demystifying Digital Preservation Systems” American Library Association 2011 conference. (New Orleans, USA)

June 25, 2011PREMIS in Archivematica” American Library Association 2011 conference. (New Orleans, USA)

June 6-7, 2011 “Digital Preservation: From Theory to Practice” University of Toronto iSchool course (Toronto, Canada)

June 2, 2011 “Notes from the Front Lines: new approaches to managing and preserving electronic records and data” Association of Canadian Archivists conference (Toronto, Canada)

May 5, 2011 Lyrasis “Staying on TRAC” webinar.

April 28, 2011 Archivematica workshop. Archives Association of British Columbia 2011 conference (Vancouver, Canada).

Mar 31 – Apr 1, 2011 “Digital Preservation: From Theory to Practice” University of Toronto iSchool course (Toronto, Canada)

Mar 28 – 29, 2011 “Digital Preservation: From Theory to Practice” University of Toronto iSchool course (Ottawa, Canada)

January 13, 2011. “Effective use of open standards for digital archiving” Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) webcast.

December 6, 2010. Archivematica poster session at the 6th International Digital Curation Conference (Chicago, Illinois).

November 10, 2010. Archivematica workshop (University of Victoria Library).

November 5, 2010. Archivematica workshop (University of Calgary Library).

September 20, 2010. “Using Micro-Services and Open-Source Software to Deliver a Comprehensive Digital Curation Solution”. paper. youtube. slides. iPress 2010 conference (Vienna, Austria).

September 16, 2010. International Council on Archives CITRA Conference workshop (Oslo, Norway).

September 1, 2010. Archivematica Workshop. Simon Fraser University. (Burnaby, Canada) slides (3.3 MB).

June 22, 2010. “Using ICA-AtoM for the Manitoba Archival Information Network.” Association for Manitoba Archives Institutional Forum. University of Manitoba Archives (Winnipeg, Canada).

June 10, 2010. “Meeting the Digital Challenge”. Association of Canadian Archivists conference (Halifax, Canada).

June 9, 2010. “Archivematica Technical Overview and Preservation Planning” The Archives and Technology Unconference (Halifax, Canada).

June 8, 2010. Digital Preservation in the Canadian Landscape (Halifax, Canada).

June 2, 2010. “Lowering the Barrier to Best Practice Digital Preservation“. IS&T Archiving 2010 presentation (The Hague, Netherlands).

May 25-26, 2010. “Practical Digital Preservation”. International Council on Archives Section on International Organisations (Washington, DC) workshop.

May 24, 2010. “Creating a Comprehensive Digital Preservation System”. The National Archives Center for Advanced Systems and Technologies (NCAST) presentation (Washington, DC). youtube. transcript.

May 2009. “ Using ICA-AtoM to host the AABC’s Provincial Union List of Archival Descriptions” (Calgary, Alberta) Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) Annual Conference.

March 2009. “The ICA-AtoM Project and Technology” (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Association of Brazilian Archives (AAB) Meeting on Archival Information Databases.

July 2008. “The ICA-AtoM Project: Launching the International Open-Source archival Description Software Initiative” International Council on Archives Congress (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).

July 2008. “The ICA-AtoM Project and Open Source Software for Archives” (Goiânia, Brazil) Association of Brazilian Archivists Conference.slides.

June 2008 “Open Source Software for Archives” Association of Canadian Archivists Conference. (Frederiction, New Brunswick). slides.

January 29, 2007What is information anyway? article.

January 22, 2007Archival materials: a practical article.

December 8, 2006The information model to end all information article.

November 27, 2006Does my digital archives need a digital repository system? article.

October 13, 2006. “Digital Preservation: An Overview”. Managing Information Assets in the Public Sector conference. (Edmonton, Alberta). webcast. citations.

August 5, 2006. “Web 2.0 and Archives Access Systems” Society of American Archivists, 2006 Annual Conference. (Washington, DC). webcast.

July 1, 2006. “Web 2.0 and Archives Access Systems” Association of Canadian Archivists, 2006 Annual Conference. (St. John’s, Canada).

May 24, 2006. “Web 2.0 and Access to Digital Archives” IS&T Archiving 2006 Conference. (Ottawa, Canada).

May 8, 2006. “Web 2.0 and archival institutions“. article.

February 7th, 2006. “Archiving: ensuring long-term accessibility and usability of CMS content” Open Source Content Management Systems (CMS) Summit. (Vancouver, Canada). slides