PKI and Digital Signatures: From E-Commerce to E-Information Management
A CENDI Sponsored Symposium
Hosted by the National Library of Medicine
Natcher Center Auditorium/ National Institutes of Health
Wednesday, June 13, 2001
The stage is set for E-government. The Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (E-SIGN) authorizes the use of electronic signatures in online contracts. The Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA) requires more transactions between the government and its constituents to be conducted electronically. However, little consideration has been given to how the technologies behind e-government, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and digital signatures, might impact the federal R&D infrastructure. How might these technologies change the research and scientific publishing process? Will this provide solutions to concerns such as authentication of digital data and documents? What benefits can be gained and what challenges need to be overcome?
These questions were addressd at this CENDI sponsored symposium. An introduction to PKI and digital signatures was presented, followed by specific discussions of electronic records and document certification. The day concluded with a panel of experts on scientific and technical information addressing the future opportunities and challenges of these technologies.
Attendees included managers and information technologists within government agencies, especially those with responsibility for scientific and technical information management; and representatives from academic, commercial and non-profit organizations involved in scientific and technical research, information management and dissemination