[ESIP-all] Request for info on "Trusted Data" concepts

Robert Downs rdowns at ciesin.columbia.edu
Mon Jun 12 15:35:59 EDT 2017

Also, the following announcement might be of interest, with my apologies
for duplicate messages received.

The Primary Trustworthy Digital Repository Authorization Body Ltd. (PTAB)
has been accredited to carry out ISO 16363:2012 - Audit and certification
of trustworthy digital repositories - audits and certify compliant
repositories as Trustworthy Digital Repositories. The audits are carried
out in accordance with ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 - Requirements for bodies
providing audit and certification of management systems -- Part 1 and ISO
16919:2014 - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of
candidate trustworthy digital repositories.

Long before it first became an approved standard in 2002, many repositories
had adopted the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) (ISO 14721) as a
reference model to better understand what would be needed from digital
preservation systems. Institutions began to declare themselves
‘OAIS-compliant’ to underscore the trustworthiness of their digital
repositories. However, there was no established understanding of
‘OAIS-compliance’ beyond being able to apply OAIS terminology to describe
their archive. Establishing clear criteria to identify trustworthy
repositories has been recognized as early as 2002 as vital to ensure that
our valuable digitally encoded information will continue to be
understandable and usable. Claims of trustworthiness are easy to make but
until now have been difficult to justify or objectively prove. In 2007 a
working group that included many of the authors of OAIS (ISO 14721) began
developing additional standards to address this need: ISO 16363 lists
criteria a trustworthy digital repository should meet, ISO 16919 provides
requirements for the organizations that will carry out audits and
certifications of digital repositories. These two standards, together with
ISO 17021-1, provide the instrument for auditing candidate trustworthy
digital repositories in an internationally agreed way in the same way that
so many aspects of our lives depend on ISO certification for example in
food safety, information security and environmental management systems.
International agreements ensure that certifications are recognized around
the world.

PTAB is the first organization in the world to receive this accreditation.
Hopefully others will follow. In the mean time, you will begin to see
ISO-certified Trustworthy Digital Repositories as the PTAB begins auditing
candidate repositories. For more information see http://www.iso16363.org/.


Bob Downs

Robert R. Downs, PhD
Senior Digital Archivist and Senior Staff Associate Officer of Research
Acting Head of Cyberinfrastructure and Informatics Research and Development
Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN),
The Earth Institute, Columbia University
P.O. Box 1000, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 USA
Voice: 845-365-8985; fax: 845-365-8922
E-mail: rdowns at ciesin.columbia.edu
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On Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 3:26 PM, Bill Teng via ESIP-all <
esip-all at lists.esipfed.org> wrote:

> Hi, Karen:
> Attached are the criteria from the joint Data Seal of Approval and ICSU
> World Data System. It came up in one of the fall telecons last year of the
> ASPRS DPAC (Data Preservation and Archiving Committee). The USGS is
> considering adopting this means to judge digital repositories. I think the
> DPAC is trying to tackle the same general question regarding TDR as is your
> cluster.
> Bill
> On 06/12/2017 02:34 PM, Moe, Karen (GSFC-407.0)[EMERITUS] via ESIP-all
> wrote:
> Greetings ESIP,
> The Disasters Lifecycle cluster is tackling the question “What is Trusted
> Data?” at the ESIP Summer meeting in July. We are seeking examples of
> certification processes to help inform possible strategies we might
> recommend to ESIP.
> Please help us by identifying existing candidates that we can examine, for
> data or even devices, that will guide our discussions about various aspects
> of validation / certification steps that might be relevant to ESIP members’
> data and services.
> Although our initial focus will be on data for disasters decision making,
> the thinking is that we might come up with a template for identifying
> trusted data for many geospatial applications. Based on our collaborations
> with the All Hazards Consortium, we are pursuing inputs from some folks in
> FEMA, but I suspect that NOAA and USGS might have useful perspectives, as
> well as insurance and other private-sector entities.
> Appreciate your help in tracking down contacts, examples, websites, etc.
> Karen
> What Do We Mean by “Trusted” Data?
> This interactive breakout session will build on initial work in the
> Disasters Lifecycle Cluster addressing Trusted Data concepts (derived from
> www.tdwi.org). The goal is to develop a working definition of Trusted
> Data for data sets supporting disasters-related activities, however
> clarifying the characteristics and features will be relevant to other ESIP
> data domains. In recent work with the All Hazards Consortium on Data Driven
> Decision Making, our 3DM workshops, we see a need for a more precise
> definition of Trusted Data as we discover, test and validate data sets for
> operational use. We plan to leverage relevant lessons learned from disaster
> preparedness exercises such as Cascadia Rising, and experience with
> socio-economic data at CIESIN. We will also review complementary work on
> Operational Readiness Levels (ORLs) for maturing data sets through the ESIP
> Geo-Collaborate Testbed, with an end goal of validating or certifying
> resulting data sets as Trusted.
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