Gaithersburg, MD USA 6-10 March 2017

High Level Training Course on ISO 14721, ISO 16363 and ISO 16919 for Managers of Digital Repositories, by the authors of these standards.

The Primary Trustworthy Digital Repository Authorisation Body (ISO-PTAB) plays a major role in training auditors and repository managers.  There are three important ISO standards:

  • ISO 14721:2012 (OAIS – a reference model for what is required for an archive to provide long-term preservation of digital information)
  • ISO 16363:2013 (Audit and certification of trustworthy digital repositories – sets out comprehensive metrics for what an archive must do, based on OAIS)
  • ISO 16919:2014 (Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of candidate trustworthy digital repositories – specifies the competencies and requirements on auditing bodies)

These three standards form a closely related family and an understanding of their principles is becoming increasingly important in establishing an internationally recognised and certified set of Trustworthy Digital Repositories.  Many national and commercial repositories are preparing for certification and legislation is already in place in Italy requiring repositories to be certified.  It is important to ensure you have the knowledge to ensure your data is trustworthy and accessible in the future and a certified internationally recognised ISO certified repository will give your organisation/clients the confidence and reassurance that their data has been audited by an independent body to the highest standards.  The correct training in preparation for certification is essential and there is no other organisation to equal the knowledge of PTAB in this area as the tutors are the authors of these standards.

The 5-day training course will be held at The Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg from 6-10 March 2017. The course is divided into modules, each of which consists of a presentation, practical exercises and discussion.

Who should attend:

  • Archivists and curators involved in managing large digitized content
  • Digital repository managers
  • IT professionals involved in managing / preserving e-governance data / e-records
  • Librarians involved in managing open repositories, electronic thesis and publication repositories
  • Decision makers / policy makers from archiving institutions

In the first instance, please e-mail the PTAB Secretariat to register your interest at or use the Contact Form and mention Gaithersburg, MD USA 6-10 March 2017

Registration will be open shortly and the cost is $2000 with an early-bird discount of 10% available until the 24 February 2017.

An invoice, logistics information, recommended reading list and tutor profiles will be forwarded to you as soon as you have registered for the course.  Please ensure you register as soon as possible to guarantee your place as numbers for this course are limited. A number of rooms will be available at special rates at The Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg.