Do you trust your records online? Individuals and organizations are increasingly making, storing and accessing records in the highly networked, easily hacked environment of the Internet. But, where are these records, how well are they being managed, how long will they be available?
Many organizations are becoming concerned about a liability they may not have thought they were assuming. Others are amassing huge volumes of data that they use to provide a host of services, many of which focus on marketing and securing competitive advantage. In this world of 'big data', seemingly innocuous records can be exploited to produce data that can be manipulated and reused to serve many purposes, not always noble. However, big data also fosters a range of democratic objectives, from promoting government transparency to supporting research to contributing to public-private sector goals and priorities. The issues presented by this scenario are clear: Can the data be trusted? How and where are they stored? Who has control and jurisdiction? Who has access? How secure are they? Will your privacy be protected?
InterPARES Trust aims to produce frameworks that will support the development of integrated and consistent local, national and international networks of policies, procedures, regulations, standards and legislation concerning digital records entrusted to the Internet, to ensure public trust grounded on evidence of good governance, and a persistent digital memory.