About


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 free and open source AtoM and Archivematica software applications.

These tools are used to manage the discoverability, re-usability, and trustworthiness of digital information at hundreds of memory organizations worldwide. Artefactual Systems is the lead developer for these free and open source applications.

I have worked with numerous public sector institutions 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 and experiences.

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 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 holds a Certificate in Software Engineering from UBC.

I stepped aside as Artefactual president in 2013 to work as an independent consultant and researcher. In August 2018 I returned to Artefactual as Senior Analyst, applying my extensive domain knowledge to Artefactual’s software development and R&D projects.

While in constant need of improvement, I have a passion for coding and building prototype solutions for the Archivematica and AtoM ecosystems as well as the burgeoning field of decentralization technologies. See for example: AIPscan, fpr2par, pygate.tech and deplatformer.io.

Selected posts & presentations


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

"Archives, Technology and Innovation" plenary address, Association of Canadian Archivists conference (Montreal, Quebec) June 2, 2016.

"Decentralized Autonomous Collections" April 11, 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

Archivematica concept poster. International Digital Curation Conference (Chicago, Illinois). December 6, 2010.

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

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

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

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

"The Anatomy of a Digital Information Object" February 12, 2007.

"What is information anyway?" January 29, 2007.

"Archival materials: a practical definition" January 22, 2007.

"The information model to end all information models" December 8, 2006.

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

"Web 2.0 and archival institutions" May 8, 2006.

Contact


vangarderen.peter [at] gmail [dot] com