Monday, March 31, 2008

DPE releases PLATTER, a Planning Tool for Trusted Electronic Repositories

This was posted on the Digital-Preservation email list.

Digital Preservation Europe announces the release of PLATTER: a Planning Tool for Trusted Electronic Repositories. Digital repositories are entrusted by their stakeholders - depositors, funders and end-users - with the curation of vital and often irreplaceable electronic assets. Repositories typically validate that trust by subjecting themselves to audit and certification. But how should a new or existing repository organise its planning to prepare for certification? How do you plan for trust?

DPE's PLATTER toolkit will enable new and existing repositories to plan their activities in all the key areas of repository development in order to meet their self-defined goals. PLATTER developer Colin Rosenthal (IT-Developer Statsbiblioteket, Århus, Denmark) explains
Repositories are very diverse so you have to have flexibility to let them specify their own goals. On the other hand we've tried to give as many concrete ideas and suggestions as possible while letting repositories and their stakeholders set their own priorities.
PLATTER is designed to complement existing initiatives for audit and certification such as the DPE and DCC DRAMBORA toolkit. Jan Hutař (Head of Digital Library Section, Czech National Library) explains
A repository planned with PLATTER will be strongly placed to participate in an audit using DRAMBORA or one of the well-known repository checklists such as TRAC or nestor. A repository planned with PLATTER will already have in place all the necessary documentation for an audit.
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