Peter Van Garderen (he/him), MAS : Founder / Senior Analyst / Developer

Peter is an internationally renowned expert in the field of digital preservation and archives technology. He has over twenty years industry experience and has been a regular conference speaker on these topics.

Peter launched Artefactual Systems in 2001 to provide technology analysis and implementation services to archival organizations, in particular those wanting to develop and implement open-source solutions. Peter has worked with public sector institutions worldwide to provide services that range from writing strategy reports, analyzing system requirements, designing technology architectures, developing software, and managing open-source projects.

Peter is the original developer of the Archivematica and AtoM software. He was recognized for this work with a Distinguished Alumnus designation from the University of British Columbia iSchool’s Master of Archival Studies program. Peter has taught as an Adjunct Professor in the UBC Archival Studies program and served as the first project coordinator for the UBC-based International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems (InterPARES).

Peter stepped aside as Artefactual president in 2013 to work as an independent consultant and researcher. In 2018 he returned to the company as senior analyst, applying his extensive domain knowledge and late-blooming coding skills to Artefactual’s R&D and client implementation projects.