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Shared vision of blockchain and archives: trust building

Abstract: In the digital age and cyberspace, the existing archives trust system has been hit and challenged unprecedentedly. The emergence of blockchain provides an opportunity to build a more solid trust mechanism based on digital technology. This paper regards trust building as the common vision of the archives industry and blockchain, and summarizes the basic attributes of trusted digital archives into authenticity, reliability, integrity, completeness and availability, and expounds the trust of blockchain and archives methods respectively. Constructing logic and its complementarity, referring to the basic framework of 5W1H, focusing on the key issues of blockchain application in archives credibility assurance from the dimensions of on-chain scope, application scenarios, on-chain timing, participating nodes, and technology selection, etc. Propose future development strategies.

Key words: blockchain; digital archives; credibility; authenticity; trust

Trust is a fundamental issue in human society. As the original records of human social activities, archives are not only business documents, but also legal evidence. It is precisely by defending the authenticity of archives and establishing trust in archives that archival work can play its role in business investigation, decision support, research and education, and thus maintain the benign operation of organizations and even human society. However, in the digital age and cyberspace, the existing archives trust system has been hit and challenged unprecedentedly. The emergence of blockchain provides an opportunity to build a more solid trust mechanism based on digital technology. This paper regards trust building as the common vision of the archives industry and blockchain. On the basis of defining “trusted digital archives”, it expounds the trust building logic and complementarity of the two, and focuses on the application of blockchain to the credibility of archives. Security key issues and development strategies.

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