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Methods for Audit and Certification of Trusted Digital Repositories

What is a trustworthy digital preservation repository or service? How do you know if your system is 'trustworthy?'  The core value of an audit is the evaluation by an expert practitioner relative to accepted industry standards and practices and then the recommendations for improvement.  Most organizations find the development of a "Capability Maturity Model" assessing their implementation against its goals as a very useful step in gaining value from the audit process. 

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Example Certification Framework

The  European Framework for Audit and Certification of Digital Repositories has proposed this (certification) framework. It will consist of a sequence of three levels, in increasing trustworthiness:
  1.  Basic Certification is granted to repositories which obtain DSA certification;
  2.  Extended Certification is granted to Basic Certification repositories which in additionperform a structured, externally reviewed and publicly available self-audit based on ISO 16363 or DIN 31644;
  3. Formal Certification is granted to repositories which in addition to Basic Certification obtain full external audit and certification based on ISO 16363 or equivalent DIN 31644.
Granting of these certificates will allow repositories to show one of three symbols (to be agreed) on their web pages and other documentation, in addition to any other DSA, DIN or ISO certification marks.