National Archives of the Netherlands (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science)



Establishing the authenticity of a record is referred to as verification or authentication.

Establishing authenticity

Authenticity is a central concept in the preservation of records- it means that a record ‘conforms with the original’. It may not change or be corrupted if that affects this.


When is a record authentic? This is not a simple question to answer. There are circumstances that make the preservation and management of digital information especially complicated.


Metadata, or information about information, is an important aspect of records management.

Hybrid records and document management applications

In addition to the MoReq model for electronic records management systems, we also have electronic document AND records management systems.