The Digital Repository of Ireland has acquired the Core Trust Seal, a universal catalogue of requirements that reflects the core characteristics of trustworthy data repositories. This means that the DRI maintains its status as a Trusted Digital Repository (TDR) - a status first achieved in 2015 with the awarding of the Data Seal of Approval. More plainly, the certification ensures that the social and cultural data deposited by our Members is remains safely preserved for the long term.
Commenting on the award, DRI Policy Manager Dr. Aileen O’Carroll said:
“We found the process of applying for the Core Trust Seal enormously useful. The Core Trust Seal framework provides a solid and robust set of requirements that ensure that the decisions we make when developing our policies and infrastructure meet the expected international standard.”
Director of DRI, Dr. Natalie Harrower, added:
“We are very proud that the Digital Repository of Ireland has been awarded the Core Trust Seal. This new seal is a widely accepted indication that our international peers in long-term preservation have scrutinised our processes and policies, and held them to a high standard. We are delighted to be an early adopter of the Core Trust Seal.”
Core Trust Seal is a community based non-profit organization promoting sustainable and trustworthy data infrastructures. This new seal was launched in late 2017, following the careful merger of repository certification schemes already in place by the Data Seal of Approval (managed by Data Archiving and Networked Systems - DANS in the Netherlands and the World Data System, an interdisciplinary body of ICSU, the International Council for Science.
Core Trust Seal was developed partly through collaborative work done in the DSA-WDS Core Trustworthy Data Repositories Requirements Working Group of the Research Data Alliance. DRI is a partner in the European Commission funded Research Data Alliance Europe project.