Repository Audit and Certification Catalogues (Data Seal of Approval/World Data Systems; DSA/WDS) webinar

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22 December 2016 4170 reads


webinar, specific on RDA outputs


14 February 2017 - 14:00 CET / 13:00 UTC


Ingrid Dillo, DANS

Dr Ingrid Dillo holds a PhD in history and has worked in the field of policy development for the last 25 years, including as senior policy advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Ingrid is now deputy director at DANS. Among her areas of expertise are research data management and the certification of digital repositories. She is a member of the Board of the Data Seal of Approval (DSA), the Technical Advisory Board of Research Data Alliance (RDA), and the Board of Directors of the DRYAD repository. She also is vice chair of the Scientific Committee of the ICSU/World Data System (WDS), co-chairs the RDA/WDS Interest Group on Certification of Digital Repositories and the RDA/WDS Interest Group on Cost Recovery for Data Centres, was an an active member of the former RDA/WDS Repository Audit and Certification DSA-WDS Partnership, and participates in the Research Data Expert Group of the Knowledge Exchange. Further information


National and international funders are increasingly likely to mandate open data and data management policies that call for the long-term storage and accessibility of data.

If we want to be able to share data, we need to store them in a trustworthy digital repository. Data created and used by scientists should be managed, curated, and archived in such a way to preserve the initial investment in collecting them. Researchers must be certain that data held in archives remain useful and meaningful into the future. Funding authorities increasingly require continued access to data produced by the projects they fund, and have made this an important element in Data Management Plans. Indeed, some funders now stipulate that the data they fund must be deposited in a trustworthy repository. Sustainability of repositories raises a number of challenging issues in different areas: organizational, technical, financial, legal, etc. Certification can be an important contribution to ensuring the reliability and durability of digital repositories and hence the potential for sharing data over a long period of time. By becoming certified, repositories can demonstrate to both their users and their funders that an independent authority has evaluated them and endorsed their trustworthiness.

In this webinar Ingrid will present the tiered framework of certification standards with a special focus on core level certification and the deliverables of the Repository Audit and Certification DSA/WDS Partnership Working Group of RDA.

Target audience:

Data experts, data repository managers, policy makers, research administrators, project coordinators and researchers will all benefit from participating.


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