I have been working with technology for archival collections since earning my Master's degree in Archival Science in 1997. I am the founder of Artefactual Systems Inc and the original developer of the free and open source AtoM and Archivematica software applications.

I have worked with public sector institutions worldwide to provide archives technology and digital preservation services that range from writing strategy reports, analyzing system requirements, designing system architectures, developing software, and managing open-source projects. I have been a frequent conference speaker on these topics.

I was recognized for this work with a Distinguished Alumnus designation by the University of British Columbia’s iSchool program. I previously 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 from UBC.

I stepped aside as Artefactual president in 2013 to work as an independent consultant and researcher. I returned five years later as senior analyst and software developer, applying my extensive domain knowledge and late-blooming coding skills to Artefactual’s client projects.

I also continue to pursue a number of research and development projects with a focus on decentralization technologies and next-generation digital preservation.

Selected publications and presentations

Archivematica's original design principles Archivematica architectural decision records (2021)

Archival requirements for the decentralized web Decentralized Web Summit. San Francisco, U.S.A. (2016)

Archives, technology, and innovation Association of Canadian Archivists conference. Montreal, Canada (2016)

Decentralized autonomous collections (2016)

Introduction to blockchain and recordkeeping Recordkeeping Rountable. Sidney, Australia (2016)

Archivatopia: the akashic record, what if? Association of Canadian Archivists conference. Victoria, Canada (2014)

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

Archivematica and the Open Source Mindset for Digital Preservation Systems The Signal - Library of Congress (2012)

The community driven evolution of the Archivematica project 9th International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects (iPres) Toronto, Canada (2012)

Archivematica concept poster International Digital Curation Conference. Chicago, U.S.A. (2010)

Using micro-services and open-source software to deliver a comprehensive digital curation solution 7th International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects (iPres) Vienna, Austria (2010)

Lowering the barrier to best practice digital preservation IS&T Archiving conference. The Hague, The Netherlands (2010)

Creating a comprehensive digital preservation system (transcript) The National Archives Center for Advanced Systems and Technologies. Washington, U.S.A (2010)

The ICA-AtoM project and technology Association of Brazilian Archives. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2009)

The anatomy of a digital information object (2007)

What is information anyway? (2007)

Archival materials: a practical definition (2007)

The information model to end all information models (2006)

Does my digital archives need a digital repository system? (2006)

Web 2.0 and archival institutions (2006)


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