In Data Repositories we TRUST – Review of TRUST Principles, CoreTrustSeal revision, and broader inclusion of repositories in certification

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28 Nov 2019
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Meeting objectives: 

1. The Core Trustworthy Data Repositories (TDRs) Requirements and Procedures that form the foundation of the CoreTrustSeal certification standard are RDA Recommendations. A review of the CoreTrustSeal took place in 2019 to define the Requirements for the period 2020–2022, focussing on feedback from applicants, communications and outreach activities, and an open review period. This feedback was incorporated into revisions of the Requirements, Extended Guidance, and Glossary, with final versions of these documents made available in November 2019 and applications against the revised requirements accepted from 1 January 2020. Although the number, structure, and content of the Requirements remain stable for 2020–2022, the IG Co-chairs believe it is of interest to the RDA community—as stakeholders in the Core TDRs Requirements and Procedures—to learn at the P15 breakout about the review process and the principal changes made.
2. An update was given at P14 on a white paper outlining the TRUST (Transparency, Responsibility, User community, Sustainability, Technology) Principles. At that time, the white paper had been through two rounds of review by the RDA community, and its authorship increased to 18 people: expanding beyond the CoreTrustSeal Board to the data repository community at large. It was announced at P14 that the white paper would not go through a third comment period, but rather would be finalized. The authors plan not only to complete the white paper, but also produce a full journal article. The IG’s breakout at P15 will be used to give a further update on the status of these documents, which we hope will be in a position for community endorsement. 

3. Although the Core TDRs Requirements are aimed at domain-specific repositories, both generalist repositories and technical service providers also must be part of the trustworthy data landscape. At P14, the IG presented the major issues faced by generalist repositories when trying to meet the Core TDRs Requirements, as well as how CoreTrustSeal is attempting to resolve these issues. Following the breakout, a subcommittee of the CoreTrustSeal Board met at P14, and started to work on a concrete plan for the certification of generalist repositories and technical service providers based on the fruitful discussions with attendees at the IG session. The solutions proposed by the CoreTrustSeal Board will be presented at P15, with the RDA community encouraged to give feedback and help refine them.

Meeting agenda: 

1. Welcome and introduction (5 min)
2. Outcomes of 2019 Review of CoreTrustSeal: Core Trustworthy Data Repository Requirements for 2020–2022 (15 min) + Discussion (10 min)
3. Endorsement of the TRUST Principles (15 min) + Discussion (10 min)
4. Certification of generalist repositories and technical service providers (15 min) + Discussion (15 min)
5. Next steps and closure (5 min)

Target Audience: 

Data repositories managers, science publishers, research funders, researchers

Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group: 

Convened in 2014, this RDA Interest Group aims to deliver a comprehensive and inclusive overview, as well as the necessary recommendations and requirements that enables the effective implementation, of certification of digital repositories on national, European, and even global levels. It continues to provide a forum for discussion of repository certification principles and, partially through creation of Working Groups, to facilitate the development of principles and practices in the area of repository certification.

Short Group Status: 

This Interest Group has been in existence since the 3rd Plenary Meeting held in March 2014 in Dublin. One its primary achievements has been to act as the umbrella of two joint RDA Working Groups:

  • Repository Audit and Certification DSA–WDS Partnership WG
  • WDS/RDA Assessment of Data Fitness for Use WG

The IG was initially Co-chaired by Ingrid Dillo and Michael Diepenbroek. Garry Baker, Rorie Edmunds, Dawei Lin, and Jonathan Petters then took on the role of Chairs at the start of 2019. The new Co-chairs have hosted breakout sessions at P13 and P14, with the major foci thus far being to introduce the concept of the TRUST Principles that are expected to become an RDA supporting output, and also the issues faced by non-domain repositories in becoming acknowledged as trustworthy components of global research data infrastructure.

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