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The Role of Evidence in Establishing Trust in Repositories

By Seamus Ross and Mr Andrew McHugh

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.

Topics: CF Repositories, P Curation Issues, LB Management, AA General Resources, LG Certification, BC Authenticity and Integrity, CA Policies and policy development, LE Storage, BE Roles and responsibilities
Year: 2006
DOI identifier: 10.1045/july2006-ross
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.erpanet.org:112

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