Framework agreed for European archiving standards

Article dated: 3 November 2010

Archiving digital research data for the long-term can be a difficult and expensive process without some forethought and planning. Data Seal of Approval

That is why three parties with a vested interest in future-proofing data came together earlier this year to share their individual certification standards and collaborate on a framework that could apply to archives across Europe. In July they met in Luxembourg to sign a declaration of intent on their work, called the 'European Framework for the Audit and Certification of Digital Repositories'.

The agreement was signed by representatives of the Data Seal of Approval - a coalition of seven archives including the UK Data Archive and the Netherlands-based Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) - along with representatives from the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) and the German standardisation organisation Deutsches Institut für Normung (DIN).

This declaration marks the culmination of an effort backed by the European Commission to bring together a series of EU-supported initiatives for standardisation and certification. The Commission will now follow the implementation of the co-operation agreement, which is intended to ensure coherence between the three certification standards.