Digital records pose many challenges for archives, libraries, and museums; and behind them all lurks the shadow of trust. How can donors know that your repository will take good care of their digital files? How can people verify that the records they wish to use are authentic? How can they have confidence in being able to access obsolete file formats far into the future?
These are difficult questions, but whatever the size or mission of your archives, you can move it closer to answering them and to being a trustworthy digital repository. Meeting the gold standard -- ISO 16363 Audit and Certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories -- may seem like a far-off goal, but Module 8: Becoming a Trusted Digital Repository demystifies this complex standard.
Module 8 demonstrates specific ways that your archives, library, or museum can identify gaps,improve digital operations, and plan for future enhancements so that you can indeed help it become a trusted digital repository.
|About TRENDS IN ARCHIVES PRACTICE: This open-ended series by the Society of American Archivists features brief, authoritative treatments written and edited by top-level professionals that fill significant gaps in archival literature. The goal of this modular approach is to build agile, user-centered resources. Modules treat discrete topics relating to the practical management of archives and manuscript collections in the digital age. Select modules are clustered together by topic (as they are here) and are available in print or electronic format. Each module also is available separately in electronic format so that readers can mix and match modules that best satisfy their needs and interests. Stay on trend with TRENDS IN ARCHIVES PRACTICE! |
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
"Becoming a Trusted Digital Repository provides an accessible and complete introduction to ISO 16363. As an annotated guide to the standard, it will be especially useful to archivists conducting self-assessments or audits against the standard, but it also has much to offer archivists who are establishing, operating, or renewing digital archives programs. "
—Dr. Richard Lehane, State Records New South Wales, Archives and Manuscripts (Australia), 2016
"One of the stated aims of the book is to make people feel more comfortable approaching the standard and I think it is fair to say that the author has achieved this goal. The text is necessarily weighty in places, but the tone is positive and encouraging. "
—Jenny Mitcham, Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York, Archives and Records: The Journal of the Archives and Records Association (UK), 2016
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"Steve Marks has accomplished something that very few people in the world have: he created a Trusted Digital Repository (TDR) that met the criteria of the Trustworthy Repositories Audit & Certification. It was the first repository in Canada, and one of only six in the world. Because of the significance of this task, this publication is important to consider: the author went beyond theorizing how a TDR could be created and actually achieved it."
—Lisa Snider, Senior Consultant Access Changes Everything, Winnipeg, Archivaria, Spring 2017