Servicetypename Authenticity evidence service
Description Ability to bring together evidence from diverse sources about the Authenticity of a digital object: Authenticity is not a Boolean concept. It is in general not possible to state that an object is authentic. Instead one can provide evidence on which a judgement may be made about the degree to which a person (or system) may regard an object as what it is purported to be. This evidence will be technical, for example details of what has happened to the object (Provenance) as well as social, for example does one trust the person who was in charge of the system under which the object has been held. In general the provenance information associated with various objects will be encoded according to one of a multitude of different system e.g. CIDOC-CRM (, OPM ( There is at minimum a need to be able to interpret and present provenance evidence in a uniform way so that users can make an informed judgment about the degree of belief that a data object is what it is claimed to be. These tools would also facilitate the collection of appropriate evidence.
Contact David Giaretta
Source PARSE.Insight
Keywords Authenticity, Provenance
Scenario A virtual reconstruction of the Taj Mahal created at the start of the 21st century shows that there have, 50 years later, been subtle damage caused by a local development. The developer disputes this and argues that the digital data on which the virtual reconstruction has been made is not what is claimed. What evidence can and should be provided to support the claims of authenticity and hence save the Taj Mahal? Strong techniques and support tools are needed to allow curators to support claims of authenticity

Implementations SCIDIP-ES Authenticity toolkit is relevant
  • Develop an authenticity formalism
  • Develop international standards and common policies on authenticity and provenance.
  • Creation of tools to capture evidence relevant to authenticity
  • Develop tools to map provenance to authenticity tools
  • Maintain the chain of evidence through (automated) digital audit (prove-nance) trails by embedding support for capturing knowledge about the ac-tual operations performed

Finaldestination A set of standards and tools through which a user in the future can be pro-vided with evidence on which he/she may judge the degree of Authenticity which may be attributed to a digital object.
Relevantprojects SCIDIP-ES, CASPAR, SHAMAN, nestor
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