PRC-003 Governs the Use of Seals, including Digital Seals:
Landscape Architects are increasingly using new technologies in their daily work. The documents they produce remain subject to high standards of reliability. Active Landscape Architects who wish to produce legally reliable digital documents in compliance with AALA’s requirements, can now accomplish this task with CertifiO for Professionals – Alberta Landscape Architects Digital Signature (referred to as the “Digital Seal”). Digital Seals are not to be confused with a digital image of a seal.
After extensive evaluation of the Digital Signature market, AALA has selected Notarius to provide an AALA Digital Seal to active members.
What is a Digital Signature?
It is the affixing of a digital signature certificate that cryptographically secures an electronic file, thus proving the origin, the authenticity of the signer, and confirm the integrity of the signed document.
What is a Digital Signature certificate?
It is a computer artefact issued and cryptographically protected by a Certificate Authority (Notarius) attesting to the veracity of the information declared in the certificate. This information may include:
Notarius provides the framework and platform to allow its 33+ partners to issue Trusted Digital Signatures to their members, without the trouble of managing the technological infrastructure related to such complex solutions. In the same way AALA controls issuance of the ink stamp, this partnership allows AALA to be the exclusive issuer of Digital Seal.
Active Members who wish to avail themselves of an AALA Digital Seal will begin the process of creating electronic originals and authenticate final document using proven technology solutions that meet government standards and archiving best practices for electronic files.
The Digital Seal affixed to a document by a Landscape Architect:
The Digital Seal must remain under the sole control of its holder, it cannot be shared nor delegated under any circumstances.
To obtain your Digital Seal, please visit the AALA page on Notarius’ website:
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