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


vangarderen [dot] peter [at] gmail [dot] com