RDA/WDS Certification of Digital Repositories IG


Group details

Case Statement: 
IG Established

Status: Recognised & Endorsed Joint RDA/WDS IG

In order to guarantee data sharing, the long-term preservation of these data in sustainable digital repositories is a sine qua non. Data that are created and used by science and scholarship need to be managed, curated and archived, making sure that the substantial investments in preparing and presenting the content and tools will not be lost. Researchers need to be sure that the resources the repositories offer remain meaningful and usable over time. Moreover, the repositories themselves need to have sustainable business models.

Preservation and sustainability raise challenges in many areas. The main issues related to long term preservation and sustainability remain basically unresolved, as many organizational, technical, financial and legal aspects remain open. Certification is therefore fundamental in guaranteeing the trustworthiness of digital repositories and thus in sustaining the opportunities for long-term data sharing.


The Interest Group will build on previous work in the area of certification. It will deliver the global overview and the necessary recommendations and requirements that allow the effective implementation of certification of digital repositories on a national, European and even global level.

  • Interest Group Charter 
  • DSA–WDS Partnership Working Group Case Statement

Recent Activity

16 May 2019

Plenary 14: Call for Sessions, Collocated Events, Posters and Registration Now Open!

Taking place from 23-25 October 2019, the 14th RDA Plenary will take place in Dipoli, the nature-immersed building of Aalto University, Helsinki, in Finland, “one of the happiest countries in the world”, states Per Öster, CSC-IT Center For Science Director and Co-Chair of the P14 Programme Committee.


24 Apr 2019

Notes & Presentations from P13 + Comment on TRUST Principles

Dear Colleagues,

Firsly, many thanks to those of you who attended the IG's breakout session at RDA's 13th Plenary Meeting. As new Co-chairs of the IG, we were really pleased with not only the turn out, but also how well the session went. We hope everyone there found it as interesting and informative as we did.

This message is to let you know about two things:

11 Feb 2019

Data Usage Metrics Survey for Repositories

Hi all,

Following our RDA Data Usage Metrics WG meeting in Botswana and two virtual calls since, we have put together a survey for repositories on data metrics implementations. If you are a repository provider, could you please fill out this survey? 


Please help us spread the survey (through our channels, other WGs, twitter, etc) – the more responses we get the richer data we will have for our Philly meeting and the WG deliverables!

24 Jan 2019

P13 Session Accepted - RDA/WDS IG Certification of Digital Repositories: Build TRUST to be FAIR

Dear group,
Congratulations! Your session application  - RDA/WDS IG Certification of
Digital Repositories: Build TRUST to be FAIR - emerging needs of
certification in Life Sciences, Geosciences, and Humanities - has been
approved and will appear in the RDA Plenary 13 Programme.  Please
consider this your official notification of acceptance.
The detailed Plenary 13 programme will be published online by 11
February, 2019, and your scheduled session time will be published in the

11 Sep 2017

CoreTrustSeal Certification Launched

Dear Colleagues,
Please read below an important announcement related to data repositories
certification. Do not hesitate to circulate widely.
Very best wishes.
Mustapha Mokrane
*Mustapha Mokrane*, PhD. | Executive Director
World Data System-International Programme Office
c/o NICT Europe Centre, 28 rue de Berri, 75008 Paris, France
Mob: +33 6 1201 2912 ORCID ID: 0000-0002-0925-7983
***@***.***-wds.org | www.icsu-wds.org

30 Jun 2017

AGU 2017: Sessions on Trustworthy Data Repositories

Dear Colleagues,
You might be interested to learn about these two AGU 2017 related sessions
on data repositories featured in the Earth and Space Science Informatics
focus group. The first session is a Panel Format Session (alternate session
format) convened by the ICSU World Data System and panellists will be
invited. Please let us know by email if you are interested to present. The
second session is open for direct submissions. For both sessions, the
deadline for abstracts submissions is *2 August 2017, 23:59 EDT *and