archival cloud [English]

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InterPARES Definition

n. ~ A trustworthy, cloud-based service that replicates the traditional functions of in-house archives, including secure storage, search and retrieval, and preservation.

General Notes

An archival cloud is more than data storage. The system requirements must be driven by the needs of the records creators and archival principles, rather than by any specific technology.


  • Duranti 2015 (†677 ): [Characteristics of an archival cloud include] ¶ Transparency: · An unbroken chain of legitimate custody would be demonstrable · Records reliability could be inferred from known creation processes · Records authenticity could be inferred from the documentary context and a known preservation process ¶ Stability: · An archival cloud would guarantee that each record’s context is defined and unchanged, with all its relationships intact. ¶ Permanence: · Retention and disposition plans would be integrated with migration plans · There would be no risk of termination of contract or provider for the archival cloud ¶ We do not have to renounce our preservation mission to protect tomorrow’s digital heritage. We have to frame it differently, with the help of interdisciplinary and international research. (†1683)
  • Lévillé 2015 (†738 p. 136): A cloud archives is a cloud storage service that specializes in long-term data retention for electronic archives. Instead of the traditional private or in-house archival storage infrastructure, archives are hosted virtually by an external cloud provider. Data search and retrieval, data security, and the application of data management policies (e.g., retention and disposition) are determined and regulated by the provider, the type of cloud (public, private, hybrid, community), and the cloud service (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS) chosen to host the archives. (†1702)
  • Stancic, et al. 2015 (†737 p. 222): An archival cloud service supporting the long-term preservation of electronically signed records should preserve the integrity, authenticity, and confidentiality of stored records. It should make records available and usable – that is, maintain their readability. Data protection and system security should be enforced. At the same time, an archival cloud service should be expected to provide functionalities such as document creation, e-signing, archiving of non-signed and signed documents and records, records publication (with visualization of electronic signature), indexing, search and retrieval of archived records, provision of proof of evidence, preservation procedures not influencing the evidential capacity of preserved records, deletion of records, and administration. (†1701)