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The Role of Evidence in Establishing Trust in Repositories

Ross, Prof Seamus and McHugh, Mr Andrew (2006) The Role of Evidence in Establishing Trust in Repositories. D-Lib Magazine 12(7/8).

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Abstract

This article arises from work by the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) Working Group examining mechanisms to roll out audit and certification services for digital repositories in the United Kingdom. Our attempt to develop a program for applying audit and certification processes and tools took as its starting point the RLG-NARA Audit Checklist for Certifying Digital Repositories. Our intention was to appraise critically the checklist and conceive a means of applying its mechanics within a diverse range of repository environments. We were struck by the realization that while a great deal of effort has been invested in determining the characteristics of a 'trusted digital repository', far less effort has concentrated on the ways in which the presence of the attributes can be demonstrated and their qualities measured. With this in mind we sought to explore the role of evidence within the certification process, and to identify examples of the types of evidence (e.g., documentary, observational, and testimonial) that might be desirable during the course of a repository audit.

Item Type:Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)
Keywords:trust, repositories, audit, certification, risk, uncertainity, evidence, metrics, preservation, curation, digital
Subjects:C Strategies and Procedures > CF Repositories
P Curation Issues
L Digital Repository, Digital Archive and Digital Library Models > LB Management
A General Resources > AA General Resources
L Digital Repository, Digital Archive and Digital Library Models > LG Certification
B Digital Preservation Concerns > BC Authenticity and Integrity
C Strategies and Procedures > CA Policies and policy development
L Digital Repository, Digital Archive and Digital Library Models > LE Storage
B Digital Preservation Concerns > BE Roles and responsibilities
Document Language:English
ID Code:112
Deposited By:Ross, Professor Seamus
Deposited On:18 October 2006
Alternative Locations:http://www.dlib.org/dlib/july06/ross/07ross.html