Servicetypename Certification service
Description Certification process so that one can have confidence about whom to trust to preserve data holdings over the long term: Although one cannot guarantee anything into the indefinite future there has, for more than a decade, been a demand for an international process for accreditation, auditing and certification of digital repositories, based on an ISO standard.

Contact David Giaretta
Source PARSE.Insight

Scenario A funding agency wishes to instruct its researchers to deposit their data into one or other of the long term archives it will support. This will involve a large and continuing commitment of resources. How can the funder be sure that the archives it wishes to support are up to the job?

An internationally recognised certification system would give funders and depositors a way to distinguish and evaluate archives.

Implementations SCIDIP-ES will create a toolkit which will help, Nestor - Certification working group: Based on the DIN 31644: "Criteria for trusted digital repositories", the WG designed two certification processes with different levels. The first stage will include an extended self-evaluation based on the DIN with an assessment and the award of a nestor seal and registration, in order to help implement the 2010 agreed "Memorandum of Understanding to create a European framework for audit and certification of digital repositories". Links: Working group website, Catalogue of Criteria for Trusted Digital Repositories

  • Support the development of a set of ISO standards about digital repository audit and certification
  • Help set up the organisation and processes to provide accreditation and certification services

Finaldestination An internationally recognised accreditation, audit and certification process with a well defined and long-lived support organisation, with appropriate tools and best practice guides.
Relevantprojects SCIDIP-ES, Repository Audit and Certification Working Group (, DCC (, DRAMBORA (, OAIS (, Alliance for Permanent Access [2], EU (, NSF (, JISC (, nestor (
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