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CSRDA Open seminar “Trust and Certification: the case for Trustworthy Digital Repositories”
06/04/2016 @ 10:00 - 11:30
Lecturer: Dr. Ingrid Dillo – Deputy-director, DANS, The Netherlands
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 presentation I will argue that open data and data sharing can only become a success if we put the concept of trust central stage. The certification of digital repositories is an important means to provide this trust to the different stakeholders involved. I will elaborate on the tiered framework of certification standards with a special focus on the Data Seal of Approval and core level certification.