Vol. 6 No. 3 (2015)

Digital repositories certification: the Data Seal of Approval

Stefano Allegrezza
Università degli Studi di Udine

Published 2015-09-15


  • Digital Archives,
  • Digital Repositories,
  • Digital preservation,
  • Trusted Digital Repositories

How to Cite

Allegrezza, Stefano. 2015. “Digital Repositories Certification: The Data Seal of Approval”. JLIS.It 6 (3):39-56. https://doi.org/10.4403/jlis.it-11332.


In recent years, it has become increasingly common to entrust records to digital repositories; this assumes an implicit confidence in the repositories reliability, and therefore is urgent to identify the criteria on which to evaluate them. The Data Seal of Approval is a set of sixteen criteria that can be used to ensure that archived data can still be found, understood and used in the future. It is a basic level of certification but it is very useful to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the deposit; in any case, it constitutes a solid basis for further certification of compliance to ISO 16363 or DIN 31644. The aim of this article is to provide an overview of Data Seal of Approval in the wider context of digital repositories' certification.


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