Founder: Peter Van Garderen

Peter is a software developer and professional archivist. He holds a graduate degree in archival science and a distinguished alumnus designation from the University of British Columbia’s Information School. Dating back to medieval times, the archival profession has maintained standards and practices for protecting and demonstrating the authenticity of documents and information resources. Peter is a pioneer in developing free and open-source software systems that implement these standards for trustworthy archival repositories.

Peter is the founder of Artefactual Systems, a bootstrapped free and open-source software company based in Vancouver, Canada. Artefactual Systems provides development and hosting services for the hundreds of trusted memory institutions worldwide that have deployed the Archivematica and AccessToMemory solutions that he developed. Peter has lectured widely on archives technology and has coordinated an international academic research project on the authenticity of digital records.

Peter is also a long-time decentralization advocate and researcher, building prototype tools for both the Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchains. He has spoken on applying archival principles to Web3 technology at the first Decentralized Web Summit hosted at the Internet Archive in 2016. In 2020, he led development teams that won several Filecoin hackfests.

Peter's long-time experience in both digital archives and blockchain technology led him to see the record-keeping and authencity shortcomings in existing oracle solutions as well as related "blockchain notarization" services. The Orcfax project is a way for him to apply his expertise to resolve these issues and improve the long-term reliability and trustworthiness of Web3 tools.

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Contributor: Dr. Hossein Maserrat

Hossein is a mathematician and computer science PhD. He left academia over a decade ago to apply his expertise to data-intensive production systems, including analytics, data mining, recommender systems, machine learning and deep learning. Hossein has extensive industry experience deploying highly-scalable cloud infrastructure.

Hossein is applying his hands-on programming knowledge to analyze Plutus smart contract requirements and recommend design options for Orcfax's oracle feeds.

Contributor: Dorus Van Der Kroft

Dorus is a full stack developer with over twenty years of industry experience delivering projects from start to finish for both start-ups and large enterprises. His broad set of technical skills spans from coding and testing to requirements analysis, technical design, and deployment.