Joe Iraci

Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science Division

Main areas of work and/or specializations

  • optical discs
  • magnetic tapes
  • flash media
  • photographic materials
  • disaster recovery, stability, deterioration, longevity, storage and handling of electronic media
  • analog audio and video digitization
  • optical disc analysis
  • photographic activity test


Joe Iraci graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1987 with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry. He subsequently began working at the National Archives of Canada performing research on photographic materials under the direction of the late Dr. Klaus Hendriks. In 1990, when the National Archives of Canada formed a Conservation Research Division, the emphasis of Joe's work shifted from photograph conservation and preservation to paper, namely paper stability studies, paper permanence, deacidification, and the accelerated aging of paper. In 1993, this Division was transferred to the Canadian Conservation Institute, where Joe currently works as a Senior Conservation Scientist in the Conservation Science Division.

After being heavily involved in a joint study with the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada that led to a Canadian permanent paper standard, he began working in the field of electronic media. Since 1996, he has been performing research studies on electronic media. His research work includes examining the stability and degradation of optical disc formats as well as other materials, such as magnetic tape and flash media. He has also performed investigations into the disaster recovery of some of these materials. Joe has delivered many workshops across Canada, teaching participants from archives, libraries and museums about the preservation of electronic storage media.

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