HOW WE CURATE DATA

TRUSTED DIGITAL REPOSITORIES

OVERVIEW

A trusted digital repository has a mission to provide reliable, long-term access to managed digital resources both now and in the future. The UK Data Archive is at the forefront in defining, meeting and supporting the adoption of appropriate and universal standards.

  • Trust is critical to supporting the UK Data Archive mission: to support high quality social and economic research, teaching and learning through assuring long-term access to quality economic and social data, supporting and promoting their use, value and impact. This includes our role as lead partner in, and information secure, trustworthy digital repository provider to the UK Data Service, and as a department within the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Essex.

    Trust has always been critical to our relationships with depositors and users but it has
    increasingly become a more formal issue as standards and best practices emerge; trust is a key theme in digital preservation.

    TRUST IN DATA ARCHIVES: A SOCIAL SCIENCE PERSPECTIVE
  • Any organisation which provides access to data over a long period of time should be fully trusted only with a public statement describing the practices they follow and the provenance of data they provide. Standards of trust are critical.

    STANDARDS OF TRUST: HOW DO YOU KNOW AN ARCHIVE IS TRUSTWORTHY
  • We support the emerging integrated framework being put in place for auditing and certifying digital repositories. This consists of three standards of trust.

    A FRAMEWORK TO ENSURE TRUST
  • Information security is at the heart of the UK Data Archive's work. We are certified to ISO 27001, the highest international security standard, which informs our work on a day-to-day basis and helps us establish and maintain trust as a digital repository.

    INFORMATION SECURITY

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