This article presents the results of a survey addressing methods of securing digital content and ensuring the content's authenticity and integrity, as well as the perceived importance of authenticity and integrity. The survey was sent to 40 digital repositories in the United States and Canada between June 30 and July 19, 2003. Twenty-two institutions responded, the majority of which felt that ensuring authenticity and integrity represented a low priority compared to increasing access and preserving content. Technology for securing content and ensuring the authenticity and integrity of individual digital items has not yet been implemented at the majority of the responding institutions; however, the responses indicate that the number of institutions incorporating this type of technology will increase. The low level of concern and lack of implementation signify the need for additional research and interest in these issues, as the value of repository content for research purposes directly relates to the researcher's ability to trust the content's authenticity and integrity.


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