IG RDA/WDS Certification of Digital Repositories RDA 9th Plenary meeting

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09 January 2017 1080 reads

Meeting title

The new 'Core Trustworthy Data Repository Requirements' hands-on

Short introduction describing the activities and the scope of the group: 

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. Certification is fundamental in guaranteeing the trustworthiness of digital repositories and thus in sustaining the opportunities for long-term data sharing.
The Interest Group builds 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 global level.

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Meeting objectives

The ICSU World Data System (WDS) and the Data Seal of Approval (DSA) recently published their unified Requirements for Core Trustworthy Data Repository certification. A unified catalogue of requirements was developed through a DSA–WDS partnership Working Group within the RDA under the umbrella of the IG Certification. 
The group built on inherent complementarity between the criteria previously established by the two organizations to harmonize unified and universal requirements reflecting the core characteristics of trustworthy data repositories. After an extensive period of public commentary and after conducting test certifications, the first version of the Requirements for Core Trustworthy Data Repository certification is now available:


The two organizations will continue to seek community feedback with a view to further clarify and extend the guidance provided. The hands-on session in Barcelona will offer participants the possibility to work with the requirements and the guidance material and provide feedback.

Meeting agenda

1. Updates from certification standards communities (10 minutes)
2. Brief introduction of the requirements (10 minutes)
3. Evaluation of evidence information and desirable linked evidence in small break-out groups (30 minutes)
4. Round-table discussion (40 minutes)


The target audience for this session consists of everyone who has an interest in certification. This includes not only representatives of the different standards communities, but also representatives from other stakeholder groups like funders, publishers, service providers (data repositories) and scientists.

Group chairs serving as contacts: Ingrid Dillo

Type of meeting: Working  meeting

Group maturity: more than 18 months