InterPARES is short for International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems.
InterPARES 1 was initiated in 1999 and concluded in 2001. It focused on the development of theory and methods ensuring the preservation of the authenticity of records created and/or maintained in databases and document management systems.
InterPARES 2 was initiated in 2002 and concluded in 2007. In addition to dealing with issues of authenticity, it delved into the issues of reliability and accuracy during the entire lifecycle of records, from creation to permanent preservation. It focused on records produced in complex digital environments in the course of artistic, scientific and governmental activities.
InterPARES 3 was initiated in 2007 and will continue through 2012. This third phase of the Project builds upon the findings of InterPARES 1 and 2, as well as of other digital preservation projects worldwide. It will put theory into practice, working with small and medium-sized archives and archival / records units within organizations, and develop teaching modules for in-house training programs, continuing education and academic curricula.