Elaine Goh, Eng Sengsavang and Jens Boel work with
other archivists and
records managers on a research project that aims at answering the following questions:
a) What are
the drivers and barriers for the deployment and use of cloud services by international organizations?
b) What are the associated
risks to extraterritoriality
and inviolability of records and archives when international organizations delegate their records to the Cloud?
c) How can risks be mitigated and benefits enhanced when/if international
organizations decide to
entrust their records
to the Cloud?
d) How can the outsourcing of records of
to the Cloud best be reconciled with the principles of extraterritoriality and inviolability?
This is a mixed method study, involving the following:
review on the concepts of extraterritoriality
and inalienability (from
the legal, internet governance fields)
and interviews with relevant stakeholders (archivists, records managers, IT,
auditors and legal professionals) from international organizations
c) Document analysis
of relevant conventions,
agreements and policies relating
to the management and preservation
of records and archives and/or information assets
project timeline goes from Januar 2014 to April 2015. A survey will be conducted from June to August 2014 within ca. 20 UN agencies and other
(among the above-mentioned stakeholders)
and the results analyzed in September. At the proposed session at the ICA Annual Conference in Girona we propose to present results and insights from this survey.
We expect that questions and
discussions during this
session will inspire the final phase of the research project.