A consortium including five national archives and government IT modernisation programs in Spain and Portugal is to develop solutions that will allow Europe's national archives to keep records authentic as well as usable. The system will be made available publicly, and software will be published as open source. The E-Ark project (European Archival Records and Knowledge Preservation) was given a 2.9 million euro grant from the European Commission. The three-year project was launched this Tuesday at a meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.