HOW TO CURATE DATA
TRUSTED DIGITAL REPOSITORIES
FRAMEWORK TO ENSURE TRUST
The UK Data Archive supports the emerging integrated framework being put in place for auditing and certifying digital repositories. This consists of three standards of trust.
The three standards are the Data Seal of Approval (DSA), Audit and certification of trustworthy digital repositories (ISO 16363) and Criteria for Trustworthy Digital Archives (DIN 31644).
The entry level is to attain the DSA. The extended level requires, in addition to the DSA, an externally peer-reviewed self-assessment against the DIN or ISO standard. Formal certification requires the ISO or DIN standards.
This framework, supported and co-ordinated by the European Commission, is intended to provide a range of solutions appropriate to the types and goals of organisations with a focus on increased levels of trustworthiness over time.
Representatives of the three standards of trust are all signatories to a memorandum of understanding to put in place an integrated framework for auditing and certifying digital repositories.
As part of the UK Data Archive's promotional work for the framework, we have constructed a project proposal for all members of the Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) community to understand their own level of conformance to the DSA and for the Archive to provide support and feedback to them for the other standards available.
This project, expected to start in late 2012, will also map the DSA guidelines to the proposed CESSDA-European Research Infrastructure Consortium (CESSDA-ERIC) requirements.