trustworthy information system

n.A computer application designed to create, store, and retrieve data according to well-documented processes that ensure records based on those data are authentic and reliable4.


Design of a trustworthy information system for electronic recordkeeping involves documenting the rationale, implementation, and application of decisions relating to systems documentation, security measures, audit trails, disaster recovery plans, and record metadata. See, Minnesota Historical Society, State Archives Department, Trustworthy Information Systems Handbook (March 2000), available at