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Title Certification of digital archives—a brief history and status report
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Abstract The Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS) standard is almost universally recognized and since it was originally published in 2002, it is a veritable grey beard of the digital archiving community. Most digital archives claim to be compliant with OAIS and in fact most are making capable and good intentioned efforts to do so. However, managers and funders of the archives may want those claims verified by outside observers. There are a number of review processes that aim to offer some verification of the claims. However there is only one, the ISO process, which allows funders to have the confidence that a repository has been evaluated using the same well established procedures and degree of cross-checking that we all rely on in much of the rest of our lives, from the safety of our food to the security of our personal data held by governments. Recently two additional archival standards were published. ISO 16363:2012 provides a set of specific metrics to verify adherence to OAIS intents. ISO 16919:2014 specifies how audits should be conducted and the competences that audit teams need to allow them to make consistent and reliable judgements about the capabilities of repositories. Together, these standards ensure that these audits are carried out using ISO’s long standing and internationally recognized auditing process. This paper provides a brief history of the two standards just mentioned and identifies a number of related standards. It also describes the efforts that are underway to develop nationally recognized digital repository auditing bodies and the individual auditors those bodies would require. Initial contacts have been made with a number of ISO National Bodies in order to work with them to accredit the auditors and the companies performing the audits. In the meantime, several of the authors of the above standards, through the Primary Trustworthy Digital Repository Authorisation Body (www.iso16363.org) are conducting high-level classes aimed at professionals in current auditing organizations and existing archives that are interested in performing audits or undergoing an audit to obtain certification.
Organisation STFC , SCI-COMP
Keywords digital archives , audit and certification of digital repositories , OAIS
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Paper In Conference Proceedings In PV 2015 Conference, Darmstadt, Germany, 3-5 Nov 2015, (2015). PV2015-Certificat…ndStatus-Garrett.pdf 2015
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