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Alliance for Permanent Access to the Records of Science Network

www.alliancepermanentaccess.org/

The Alliance for Permanent Access to the Records of Science Network (APARSEN) is a new network of excellence that aims to build a long-lived virtual centre of digital preservation excellence.

APARSEN will bring together an extremely diverse set of practitioner organisations and researchers in order to create coherence, cohesion and continuity to research into barriers to the long-term accessibility and usability of digital information and data.

APARSEN is a project under the Alliance for Permanent Access (APA) directed by David Giaretta. APA is intended to support the development of a sustainable European digital information infrastructure that guarantees the permanent access to the digital records of science, whether documents or data, across all fields of research, scholarship and technology.

Archive contribution

ISO/DIS 16363 is a draft standard which adds an important component to the OAIS model, by including auditing as a component of trustworthiness. As part of the UK Data Archive contribution to the APARSEN project we will conduct a self-audit against the draft standard and be audited by external auditors. The main aim is to help review and approve the draft standard.

Within the European Framework for digital repositories, the Data Seal of Approval (DSA) will be the first step in gaining trusted repository status. Self-audit and third party audit against ISO16363 will be candidates for the second and third steps.

Principal investigator:  David Giaretta, Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Funder:  EC
Dates:  January 2011 - December 2015
Contact:  Matthew Woollard
Links:  APARSEN
APARSEN project leaflet
Sustainability: Securing the value of our digital assets


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