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Improving the Trustworthiness of an Interdisciplinary Scientific Data Archive

Presenter 1
Robert R Downs
CIESIN, Columbia University
Presenter 2
Robert S. Chen
CIESIN, Columbia University

The opportunity to deposit scientific data with an archive or scientific data center enables researchers and scholars to focus on their intellectual pursuits while trusting that the archive will attend to the details of providing stewardship, management, and long-term access services for their valuable digital assets. Whether an archive is worthy of such trust is a question that needs to be answered so that data producers will know where to submit their data for safekeeping and continuing dissemination to current and future communities of interest. A new standard released by the International Organization for Standardization, ISO 16363, specifies the requirements for certification of a digital repository as trustworthy. With the establishment of the new standard, archives have measurable targets for attaining trustworthiness—and users of archives, including depositors, have a way to determine if a particular archive meets their need for a trustworthy archive. An initial set of test audits using the new standard offers insight into the audit process and the level and type of effort required for archives to become certified as trustworthy. The authors will describe the test audit of an interdisciplinary scientific data center for compliance with the draft standard and summarize the test results.

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