Dr. Victoria Lemieux’s  paper “Trusting records: is Blockchain technology the answer?” published in Records Management Journa , 26(2): 2016 has won the 2017 Emerald Literati Outstanding Paper Award (see, http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/authors/literati/awards.htm?year=2017&journal=rmj).

The paper explores the value of Blockchain technology as a solution to creating and preserving trustworthy digital records, presenting some of the limitations, risks and opportunities of the approach. The results of the analysis suggest that Blockchain technology can be used to address issues associated with information integrity in the present and near term, assuming proper security architecture and infrastructure management controls.  It does not, however, guarantee reliability of information in the first place, and would have several limitations as a long-term solution for maintaining trustworthy digital records.  Future research is required to move beyond current limitations.

The Emerald Literati Awards are decided by the editorial board of each journal. More information on the selection process can be found here. http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/authors/pdf/Choosing%20the%20winners%20of%20the%20Outstanding%20Paper%20Awards.pdf.  The Records Management Journal provides research and contemporary practice on the people, process and systems/technology aspects of managing records and information in organizations. This spans records/information creation and capture, organization and access, preservation and disposal, systems design, information governance and risk. RMJ is unique in that it is the only international journal devoted to records management which is not exclusive to a professional society or association. Contributions from different, interdisciplinary perspectives are encouraged in the form of research papers, case studies and viewpoints.