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New Standards and Certification entity on the horizon

The Hague, Netherlands and Tokyo, Japan – March 2017

The ICSU World Data System (WDS) and the Data Seal of Approval (DSA) Board are pleased to announce the further alignment of their procedures and organisations.

A single WDS-DSA Standards and Certification Board has now been established. This ad-hoc Board will take responsibility for the development and maintenance of the certification criteria and processes, and for the final approval of applicants for Core Trustworthy Data Repositories certification.

During the transition phase this ad-hoc Board will also supervise the establishment of a new standards and certification entity to replace the DSA and provide WDS Regular Members certifications, including new branding and the development of a governance and business model. This new entity is expected to be in place before the end of 2017.

The ad-hoc Board is committed to ensure community engagement and inclusion, transparency of processes, and the availability of a certification open to any appropriate data repository.

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New 'Core Trustworthy Data Repository Requirements' available: apply now

The DSA Board are very pleased to announce the availability of the new 'Core Trustworthy Data Repository Requirements' on the Data Seal of Approval website. Applicants are now invited to apply for the new Seal.
We've cooperated closely with the World Data System through a Research Data Alliance working group to develop these revised requirements. We all feel they provide an improved set of criteria for entry level certification of trustworthy repositories. Though there are a number of changes, including a greater focus on infrastructure and security, care was taken to ensure that existing DSA applicants should be able to apply for this new version.
We worked to make guidance clearer throughout and we've addressed past feedback from DSA applicants on what could be improved. But we're also relying on our new applicants to provide additional feedback to info(at) so we can continue to improve the requirements and the service we offer. We also hope to develop extended guidance to help cover particular issues or areas of disciplinary coverage in more detail.
As we've shared previously the cooperation with WDS will continue. Our eventual goal is to provide a single Core TDR certification process and management board as well as a single set of requirements. As a first step each new application will be shared with a member of the WDS reviewer pool, including members of their Scientific Committee. This will help us offer an improved, consistent service together. Applicants who achieve the DSA may also apply to join the WDS if they meet the additional membership requirements.
We'll be in touch over the coming weeks and months to share our plans and seek your thoughts on the process.

Webinar – FAIR Data in Trustworthy Data Repositories

Everybody wants to play FAIR, but how do we put the principles into practice?

There is a growing demand for quality criteria for research datasets. In this webinar we will argue that the DSA (Data Seal of Approval for data repositories) and FAIR principles get as close as possible to giving quality criteria for research data. They do not do this by trying to make value judgements about the content of datasets, but rather by qualifying the fitness for data reuse in an impartial and measurable way. By bringing the ideas of the DSA and FAIR together, we will be able to offer an operationalization that can be implemented in any certified Trustworthy Digital Repository.

The FAIR principles are remarkably similar to the underlying principles of DSA (2005): the data can be found on the Internet, are accessible (clear rights and licenses), in a usable format, reliable and are identified in a unique and persistent way so that they can be referred to. Essentially, the DSA presents quality criteria for digital repositories, whereas the FAIR principles target individual datasets.

In this webinar the two sets of principles will be discussed and compared and a tangible operationalization will be presented.

Who should attend this webinar?

Data experts, data repository managers, policy makers, research administrators, project coordinators and researchers will all benefit from participating.

What can you expect to learn?

  • General understanding of the FAIR principles
  • General understanding of core requirements for trustworthy digital repositories
  • Introduction to a possible way of operationalizing the FAIR principles

The webinars are planned for:
Monday 12 December 15.00 hours CET
Tuesday 13 December 10.00 hours CET

Please see website of EUDAT for more information about the webinar and registration.

DSA tool online again

Maintenance is now completed and the DSA Certification tool is now available again. Thank you for your patience.

DSA tool offline on 3rd of May 2016

To complete routine maintenance on the DSA Certification system we have scheduled planned downtime for the period 0900-1800CET on the 3rd of May 2016. The tool will be unavailable for that time. Apologies for any inconvenience.



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