Friday, September 02, 2005

Checklist for the Certification of Trusted Digital Repositories

This was posted on the DIGITAL-PRESERVATION discussion list.

Checklist for the Certification of Trusted Digital Repositories Completed and Released

This announcement is also being made today, August 31, 2005, on our Web site and to a variety of other lists.

RLG has just released a draft report for the certification of digital repositories. The draft, titled "An Audit Checklist for the Certification of Trusted Digital Repositories," is available at It is the product of a task force working on a joint project between RLG and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

The goal of the RLG-NARA Digital Repository Certification project has been to identify the criteria repositories must meet for reliably storing, migrating, and providing access to digital collections. The "Audit Checklist" identifies procedures for certifying digital repositories. Leveraging the RLG-NARA checklist, the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) Audit and Certification of Digital Archives project will test audit the Koninklijke Bibliotheek National Library of the Netherlands), which maintains the digital archive for Elsevier Science Direct Journals, the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), and Portico, an archive for electronic journals incubated within Ithaka Harbors, Inc. Stanford's LOCKSS system will also participate in this effort.

Robin Dale, manager of both projects, says: "We look forward to receiving comments on the draft and to hearing the response from the community." Comments on the draft are due before mid-January 2006 to (+1-650-691-2238).

For more about the RLG-NARA task force, see

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