Certification Working Group
The Data Seal of Approval (DSA) and the ICSU World Data System (ICSU-WDS) are two examples of organizations that have set up core certification mechanisms for trusted digital repositories. Their catalogues of requirements and review procedures are based on the same principles of openness, transparency, and balancing simplicity and robustness of the work and effort involved. The two standards have evolved and operated independently, however. The primary focus of DSA has been on digital repositories in the Humanities and Social Sciences, whereas the focus of ICSU-WDS has been on Earth and Space Sciences for historical reasons. Nevertheless, both initiatives have fully multidisciplinary missions.
By reconciling the fundamental and lightweight certification mechanisms of DSA and ICSU-WDS, this Working Group (WG) will seek to simplify the array of certification options, and show the value to be gained from a certification procedure requiring relatively low investment of time and effort.
In early 2013, a first DSA–WDS WG on Certification was started, which was subsequently endorsed on 21 May, 2014 by the Research Data Alliance (RDA) as the Repository Audit and Certification DSA–WDS Partnership WG.
Outputs of the WG are available here.