Much of our lives and our futures depend on digital information yet the “father of the internet” Vint Cerf worries about the coming “digital dark age”. How can we know who can be trusted with our digital future?
Now there is a way to do it in the same way we know which systems we can trust for food, environment, energy, namely through ISO certification by ISO accredited audit organisations. The standard in this case is ISO 16363, based on ISO 14721 which is better known as OAIS, the fundamental standard of digital preservation used throughout the world.
The first organisation in the world to receive accreditation for ISO 16363 for Trustworthy Digital Repositories is the Primary Trustworthy Digital Repository Authorisation Body Ltd (PTAB), based in Dorset, UK. PTAB is now listed in the Register of Certification Bodies of National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB) under registration number TD 001 after the extensive accreditation process.
As a result, PTAB is authorized to audit digital repositories worldwide and, when appropriate, certify that they are trustworthy.
The PTAB international team members, each recognized for their expertise in digital preservation, authored ISO 16363 and many also authored ISO 14721 (OAIS), the fundamental standard for digital preservation.
PTAB’s accreditation (Accreditation number TD 001) can be confirmed at the NABCB website.