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.
In order to ensure the continued usefulness of OAIS (ISO 14721) and ISO 16363 any revision must remain backward compatible with regard to major terminology and concepts. Further, for consistency the general level of detail should not be changed nor should the standard be changed from a reference model to an implementation design. Archive implementation standards or implementation profiles or detailed archival process standards or protocols should be addressed, but not in this document. They would become separate standards and would be developed through separate CCSDS projects. A particular interest for the current OAIS update is to reduce ambiguities and to fill in any missing or weak concepts and to add useful terminology.
The Indian Centre of Excellence for Digital Preservation (C-DAC, http://www.cdac.in/) has organised a high level course on Audit and certification of trustworthy digital repositories in association with PTAB.
The full details and registration page is available at http://www.ndpp.in/national-international-events/high-level-course-on-iso16363. The registration fee is Rs. 20,000.
This workshop is organised in conjunction with the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Active Data Management Plans Interest Group.
The registration page is available at https://indico.cern.ch/event/520120/. Participation is open (subject to registration and space) to all members of that group, as well as all other interested parties.
There is no registration fee but participants are expected to cover their own travel and subsistence costs.
Change the way that funders expect DMPs to be produced
DMPs – will be able to be created, evaluated, monitored – to enable data to be exploited immediately and over the long term
Support EU Data Principles
Discoverable – readily found to exist by online search
Accessible– when discovered they can be interrogated
Intelligible– they can be understood
Assessable– the reliability of their source can be evaluated
Useable– they can be re-used
Interoperable (from FAIR)
Aims of workshop
Discuss ideas of requirements
Guided by success metrics
Understand how DMPs can help identify synergies across projects and disciplines
Separate group discussions on various aspects of DMPs
ANAB has launched its new accreditation program for ISO 16363 – Audit and certification of trustworthy digital repositories.
The standard is seen as a solution to concerns of data preservation for many industries. Any industry that has preservation requirements, whether mandatory or voluntary, will benefit from accredited certification to ISO 16363 for digital repositories.
ANAB will use ISO 16919 –Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of candidate trustworthy digital repositories, a companion standard based on ISO/IEC 17021-1, for accreditation.
Registration is open for the PTAB, ANAI and Digilab-University of Rome 4-Day High Level Training Course on ISO 16363 at University of Rome Sapienza, Rome (Digilab, via dei Volsci 122), Italy, 1-4 February 2016 for Managers of Digital Repositories, by the authors of these standards. – for more details see the details here.
The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) has announced the launch of its accreditation program for ISO 16363 and ISO 16919. This program brings us one step closer to ISO certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories (TDR). Under the ANAB program Certification Bodies (auditing organizations) will be accredited to conduct TDR audits and certifications.
This is a significant step forward for the use of ISO 16363 and the ANAB is taking the lead.
To: ANAB-Accredited and Applicant CBs and MS Accreditation Assessors
From: Natalia Larrimer, New Business Development Specialist
Re: Pre-launch Announcement of ISO 16363 Program
ANAB is developing an accreditation program for certification of organizations conforming with ISO 16363, Space data and information transfer systems – Audit and certification of trustworthy digital repositories.
Since the late 1980s, many organizations have been concerned with issues surrounding the long-term preservation of and access to digital data. In 1996, the Task Force on Archiving of Digital Information declared ”a critical component of digital archiving infrastructure is the existence of a sufficient number of trusted organizations capable of storing, migrating, and providing access to digital collections.”
In 2007, several authors of the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Reference Model and Trustworthy Repositories Audit & Certification: Criteria and Checklist (TRAC) and other interested parties began developing ISO 16363. ISO 16363 has been endorsed by the Society of American Archivists, the oldest and largest North American national archival professional association. The standard is seen as a solution to concerns of data preservation for the energy and utilities, healthcare, manufacturing, legal, cultural heritage, and creative sectors. Any industry that has preservation requirements, whether mandatory or voluntary, will benefit from accredited certification of digital repositories.
ANAB will use ISO 16919, Space data and information transfer systems – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of candidate trustworthy digital repositories, a companion standard based on ISO/IEC 17021, for TDRMS accreditation.
The Primary Trustworthy Digital Repository Authorisation Body (PTAB) will offer a high-level ISO 16363 training course in Washington, DC, in October 2015. For more information on PTAB or the course, visit www.iso16363.org.
Any CB that meets the prerequisite and commits by 2015/10/01 to applying for ISO 16363 accreditation will have a reduced application fee of $3,500 instead of the full application fee of $5 000. To take advantage of this special offer, submit notice of your intent to firstname.lastname@example.org with payment of $3,500 by the end of the day on 2015/10/01. Payment can be made by wire transfer or by check to ANAB, P.O. Box 582, Milwaukee, WI 53201-0582, postmarked no later than 2015/10/01. For wire transfer instructions, contact email@example.com.