Developing criteria to establish Trusted Digital Repositories

Data Science Journal



This paper details the drivers, methods, and outcomes of the U.S. Geological Survey’s quest to establish criteria by which to judge its own digital preservation resources as Trusted Digital Repositories. Drivers included recent U.S. legislation focused on data and asset management conducted by federal agencies spending $100M USD or more annually on research activities. The methods entailed seeking existing evaluation criteria from national and international organizations such as International Standards Organization (ISO), U.S. Library of Congress, and Data Seal of Approval upon which to model USGS repository evaluations. Certification, complexity, cost, and usability of existing evaluation models were key considerations. The selected evaluation method was derived to allow the repository evaluation process to be transparent, understandable, and defensible; factors that are critical for judging competing, internal units. Implementing the chosen evaluation criteria involved establishing a cross-agency, multi-disciplinary team that interfaced across the organization. 

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Developing criteria to establish Trusted Digital Repositories
Series title Data Science Journal
DOI 10.5334/dsj-2017-022
Volume 16
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher Ubiquity Press
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description Article 22; 13 p.
First page 1
Last page 13
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