Certification of Digital Archives Project

Project Outputs

  • A detailed report presenting and analyzing the audit data and their effectiveness in determining the level of trustworthiness of the subject archives and the LOCKSS system. The report outlined the auditing methodology used and detailed the costs, duration, and benefits or assets created by each activity. On the basis of the costs, the project generated a detailed process flow and prescribed methodology for auditing and certification activities, with specifications for the duration of the certification and the frequency of auditing recommended.
  • A set of recommendations for revisions and additions to the general requirements specified in the RLG-OCLC report “Trusted Digital Repositories: Attributes and Responsibilities.”
  • A detailed prospectus for establishing a self-sustaining certifying entity, specifying the essential functions of such an agency and the optimal funding system, form of governance, and accountability mechanisms of same.