Authenticated Digital Colorado Constitution Now Accessible On-Line

DENVER – August 1, 2015 - What better way to celebrate Colorado Day 2015 than by bringing Colorado’s 139-year-old constitution into the digital age. 

The Department of Personnel and Administration (DPA) and Colorado State Archives, in partnership with the Colorado Supreme Court library, now has an authenticated digital version of the State’s original constitution that meets the rigorous standards of the Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act (UELMA) and is available to all citizens on-line at no charge.

“This is a real step into the 21st Century for the State’s constitution,” said DPA Executive Director June Taylor.  The Colorado State Archives is a statewide program under DPA.

According to State Archivist George Orlowski the digital accessibility of the constitution means a great deal.  Researchers and the legal community will have access to an authenticated digital object that can be used in legal proceedings and academic research.  This will save academic researchers, policymakers and attorneys valuable time and money.

“Meeting UELMA standards means that citizens now have a digital document with a verifiable provenance holding the same weight as the original,” said Orlowski. 

The original paper Colorado constitution will continue to be protected and stored by the State Archives, however, allowing digital access will help preserve the aging document by minimizing handling, exposure to light and other damaging environmental factors that typically lead to deterioration.  The project also includes maintaining a digital disaster recovery version of the document should anything unforeseen happen to either the original or the authenticated electronic copy.

The constitution is viewable on-line via this link or at: https://www.colorado.gov/archives/constitution

To learn more about UELMA visit: National Conference of State Legislatures.

 

 

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