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Becoming a Trusted Digital Repository

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  • Written by Steve Marks with an introduction by Bruce I. Ambacher and edited by Michael J. Shallcross 

  • 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.

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    Publisher: Society of American Archivists (2015)
    Paperback: 96 pages
    Product Dimension: 6x10 inches
    Weight: 0.319 pounds
    ISBN: 978-1-931666-84-8

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Module 8: Becoming a Trusted Digital Repository
  • "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. "
    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. "
    Archives and Records: The Journal of the Archives and Records Association (UK, 2016)

    "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."
    Archivaria (Spring 2017)