Luciana Duranti

I am a Professor at the iSchool where I teach courses on diplomatics, records appraisal for selection and acquisition, preservation of digital records and advanced archival theory. My research aims to find solutions to digital record issues that can be universally applied. I analyze the historical development and inner meaning of the concepts used in my research in order to understand the way in which new concepts, principles, ideas and methods resulting from such research relate to existing ones.

Since 1998, I have been the Director of InterPARES (International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems), a multi-national and multi-disciplinary research project studying the long-term preservation of authentic electronic records. I have been the lead investigator for a number of SSHRC-funded research projects, such as Records in the Clouds and Digital Records Forensics, all accessible from the Center for the International Study of Contemporary Records and Archives (CISCRA). I have published extensively in the areas of archival diplomatics and archival theory, and present at conferences around the globe. I serve on the Association of Canadian Archivists (President 2017-2018) and co-chair the Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives, and have helped develop educational guidelines for the education of Canadian archivists.

  • Archival diplomatics
  • Records appraisal and selection
  • Digital Records
  • Digital Preservation
  • Advanced archival theory
  • Records management

Luciana Duranti and Corinne Rogers, “Ethics in the Cloud: An Oxymoron?” Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies vol. 5 (2017), online at

Luciana Duranti and Pat Franks, eds. Encyclopedia of Archival Science (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2015).

Luciana Duranti and Giovanni Michetti, “The Archival Method: Rediscovering a Research Tradition,” Anne Gilliland and Sue McKemmish eds., Research in the Archival Multiverse (Melbourne: Monash Publishing, 2016)

Luciana Duranti, Darra Hofman and Elissa How, “Trust in the Balance: Data Protection Laws as Tools for Privacy and Security in the Cloud,” Algorithms v. 10, 2 (2017): 47.; doi:10.3390/a10020047

Luciana Duranti, Adam Jansen, Giovanni Michetti, Courtney Mumma, Daryll Prescott, Corinne Rogers, Kenneth Thibodeau, “Preservation as a Service for Trust (PaaST),” in Security in the Private Cloud (London, UK: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC, 2016).

Luciana Duranti , “Building a Trustworthy System: What will Trustworthy Systems Look Like in the Future,” in Philip Bantin ed. Trustworthy Systems for Digital Objects: Theory and Practice (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2016)

Luciana Duranti, “Digital Records and Archives in the Commercial Cloud,” in Christopher S. Yoo and Jean-François Blanchette eds., Computing in the Cloud (Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2015).

Luciana Duranti and Corinne Rogers: “Trust in online records and data,” in Lowry, J. & Wamukoya, J. (eds.), Integrity in Government through Records Management: Essays in Honour of Anne Thurston (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014): 203-216.

Luciana Duranti, “Preservation in the Cloud: Towards an International Framework for a Balance of Trust and Trustworthiness” in Dinesh Katre and David Giaretta eds., APA/C-DAC International Conference on Digital Preservation and Development of Trusted Digital Repositories. 5-6 February 2014. New Delhi, India (New Delhi: Excel India Publishers, 2014), pp. 23-38.

Current Courses

Winter 2021

ARST520 Selection and Acquisition of Archival Documents Sections

  • Luciana Duranti awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Mid-Sweden University – [link]