The Archive Training Manual is based on the UK Data Archive's 'How to set up and run a data service' annual training event, with further input from an EU FP7 project that supported emerging western Balkan data archives.

The Manual serves as a complementary resource to the UK Data Archive's intensive training event, 'How to set up and run a data service' (from here on referred to as 'How to run'). It summarises the core processes and documentation that underpin a trusted digital repository, and links to a range of UK Data Archive documentation. It also links to other selected European data archive processes where these are available.

The 'How to run' event itself emphasises first-hand learning about the acquisition, storing, sharing and promotion of social science data, including microdata, aggregate and qualitative data. The Archive, based at the University of Essex, has over 45 years experience in selecting, ingesting, curating and providing access to data.  We are a designated Place of Deposit for The National Archives, Data Seal of Approval and ISO27001 security standard accredited and internationally acknowledged experts in this field.

This manual was compiled with the support of an EU Seventh Framework project, SERSCIDA, during the summer and autumn of 2013.  This project supported emerging social science data archives in the western Balkans, and involved input from the UK Data Archive, the Swiss Foundation for Research in Social Sciences (FORS), the Slovenian Social Science Data Archive (ADP) and the Swedish National Data Services (SND).

The Manual is split into sections which correspond to functional areas within a slightly expanded version of the Open Archival Information System Reference Model (OAIS) used by the UK Data Archive. The OAIS model is a widely accepted industry standard in digital archiving.



The diagram above represents the UK Data Archive's OAIS-based functional model. The pink and blue boxes are standard OAIS functions, while the green boxes are either additional (Pre-Ingest) or amended (Access also includes a distinct User Support component). The rounded yellow boxes represent external stakeholders, and arrows the movement of information through the system.


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