Minnesota  State Archives

Trustworthy Information Systems Project


With the support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and in collaboration with select Minnesota government agency partners, the Minnesota State Archives developed and tested a set of criteria to establish the trustworthiness of information systems.

Trustworthiness means that an information system, whether computer- or paper-based, is accountable and can produce reliable and authentic information and records. Government records and record keeping systems must be accountable to citizens and elected officials.


Trustworthy Information Systems Handbook

The Trustworthy Information Systems (TIS) Project produced this Handbook, which details the TIS criteria set and a methodology to evaluate government information systems for trustworthiness. Find out how you can have trustworthy systems and reliable, authentic information, in this handbook

The Trustworthy Information Systems Handbook was last modified in 2002.  While the concepts and ideas documented in the Handbook about what makes up a Trustworthy Information System have not changed much over time, there are more recent tools that can be used in exploring your options.  Two such resources are the Trusted Repository Audit Checklist (TRAC) and the Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment (DRAMBORA). 


For further information, please contact:

Shawn Rounds


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