1st Edition

Trust and Records in an Open Digital Environment

Edited By Hrvoje Stančić Copyright 2021
    286 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    286 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Trust and Records in an Open Digital Environment explores issues that arise when digital records are entrusted to the cloud and will help professionals to make informed choices in the context of a rapidly changing digital economy.

    Showing that records need to ensure public trust, especially in the era of alternative truths, this volume argues that reliable resources, which are openly accessible from governmental institutions, e-services, archival institutions, digital repositories, and cloud-based digital archives, are the key to an open digital environment. The book also demonstrates that current established practices need to be reviewed and amended to include the networked nature of the cloud-based records, to investigate the role of new players, like cloud service providers (CSP), and assess the potential for implementing new, disruptive technologies like blockchain. Stančić and the contributors address these challenges by taking three themes – state, citizens, and documentary form – and discussing their interaction in the context of open government, open access, recordkeeping, and digital preservation.

    Exploring what is needed to enable the establishment of an open digital environment, Trust and Records in an Open Digital Environment should be essential reading for data, information, document, and records management professionals. It will also be a key text for archivists, librarians, professors, and students working in the information sciences and other related fields.

    List of Figures

    List of Tables



    List of Acronyms



    Luciana Duranti and Hrvoje Stančić


    Part I. STATE

    1. Introduction to Part I

    2. The role of records managers and archivists in open government

    Elizabeth Shepherd

    3. Policies and standards for recordkeeping and digital preservation

    Maria Guercio

    4. The impact of a legal framework for cloud computing on electronic recordkeeping and digital preservation

    Stefano Allegrezza

    5. Information governance: nature and maturity practices in EU public administrations

    Basma Makhlouf Shabou

    6. Governmental e-services

    Lluís-Esteve Casellas

    7. Inter-organisational collaboration on e-government

    Göran Samuelsson

    8. Economic models for cloud storage

    Julie McLeod

    9. Conclusion to Part I



    10. Introduction to Part II

    11. Open Data and Privacy

    James Lowry and Anna Sexton

    12. Public trust in online records: The case of the UK care.data programme

    Julie McLeod

    13. User perceptions of born-digital authenticity

    Jenny Bunn

    14. Usability of electronic record management systems

    Sevgi Koyuncu Tunç

    15. Education of records managers and archivists

    Liudmila Varlamova

    16. Conclusion to Part II



    17. Introduction to Part III

    18. Preservation of website records

    Silvia Schenkolewski-Kroll

    19. Metadata description schemas of cultural heritage institutions in the context of interoperability

    Özgür Külcü

    20. Preservation of digital print masters

    Tomislav Ivanjko

    21. Blockchain in digital preservation

    Hrvoje Stančić

    22. Conclusion to Part III



    Hrvoje Stančić


    Appendix 1. Checklist for the assessment of implemented governmental e-services

    Appendix 2. Recommendations for planning and designing e-services between public administrations

    Appendix 3. Checklist for single sign-on systems

    Appendix 4. Checklist for ensuring trust in storage using IaaS

    Appendix 5. Metadata elements relevant for retention and disposition of websites




    Hrvoje Stančić is a Professor and Chair of Archival and Documentation Sciences at the Department of Information and Communication Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia. He was Director of the InterPARES Trust project’s Team Europe. He is participating in development of ISO/TC 307 Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. His previous publications include Archival Science Dictionary: English-Croatian, Croatian-English (2015), Heritage Live: IT Tools-based Heritage Management (2012), and Digitisation (2009).