Luciana Duranti is a Professor in the Master of Archival Studies Programme (MAS) at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada, a position she has held since 1987. Prior to this she was a Researcher-Professor in the Special School for Archivists and Librarians at the University of Rome, Italy (1982-87); served as State Archivist in the State Archives of Rome (1978-82); and was Project Archivist for the Italian National Research Council (1974-77). Professor Duranti holds a Doctorate in Arts (1973) and graduate degrees in Archival Science from the University of Rome (1975), and in Archivistics, Paleography, and Diplomatics from the School of Archivistics, Paleography and Diplomatics of the State Archives of Rome (1979). In addition to her university responsibilities, she is active nationally and internationally in several archival associations, presents numerous papers and worshops in several countries, and publishes widely on archival history and theory, and on diplomatics. Duranti's interest in electronic records began in the course of her archival studies: her comprehensive exam was on the challenges presented to archival institutions by the increasing production of electronic records in public offices. However, her research focused on electronic records when she came to North America and found herself in the position of having to educate the next generation of archivists to deal with the brave new world of electronic communication. Duranti's research has primarily aimed at testing the validity of traditional concepts, principles, and methods for acquiring and maintaining control of electronic records. It has also aimed at finding solutions to electronic records issues that are not specific to a given socio-cultural and juridical context but can be universally applied.
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16 June 1997