The TRUST Principles - An RDA Community Effort
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An RDA community effort has led to the development and publication, in Nature Research’s Scientific Data, of the article, “The TRUST Principles for digital repositories”. These principles offer guidance for maintaining the trustworthiness of digital repositories, especially those responsible for the stewardship of research data. Guidance for each of the TRUST Principles is reproduced below.
The TRUST Principles
|Principle||Guidance for Repositories|
|Transparency||To be transparent about specific repository services and data holdings that are verifiable by publicly accessible evidence.|
|Responsibility||To be responsible for ensuring the authenticity and integrity of data holdings and for the reliability and persistence of its service.|
|User Focus||To ensure that the data management norms and expectations of target user communities are met.|
|Sustainability||To sustain services and preserve data holdings for the long-term.|
|Technology||To provide infrastructure and capabilities to support secure, persistent, and reliable services.|
Source: Lin et al., 2020. The TRUST Principles for Digital Repositories. Scientific Data
The concept of the TRUST Principles was initiated within discussions among RDA members and formally launched as a community discussion during the RDA 13th Plenary session, “RDA/WDS Certification of Digital Repositories: Build TRUST to be FAIR - Emerging Needs of Certification in Life Sciences, Geosciences and Humanities”, which was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA on 4 April 2019. Since those early discussions, several RDA community members, representing diverse disciplines, collaboratively explored these issues. This community collaboration led to the publication of “The TRUST Principles for digital repositories” in Scientific Data, a Nature Journal.
The TRUST Principles have already been endorsed by a variety of organizations that are committed to the stewardship of digital resources and, in particular, digital research data. Some of the organizations that already have endorsed the TRUST Principles have offered statements to support their endorsements. Dr. Robert S. Chen, a RDA member and Director of the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at The Earth Institute of Columbia University, notes, "The TRUST Principles will help us ensure that detailed data about the past and present are preserved and accessible to both science and society in the long run--data that are vital to understanding, predicting, and adapting to a rapidly changing future."