[Rdap] ISO Certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories

Mark Conrad mark.conrad at nara.gov
Mon Sep 21 14:57:53 EDT 2015

The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) has announced the launch
of its accreditation program for ISO 16363 and ISO 16919. This program
brings us one step closer to ISO certification of Trustworthy Digital
Repositories (TDR). Under the ANAB program Certification Bodies (auditing
organizations) will be accredited to conduct TDR audits and certifications.
Here is the text of the ANAB announcement:

Issue: 319

Date: 2015/09/01

To: ANAB-Accredited and Applicant CBs and MS Accreditation Assessors

From: Natalia Larrimer, New Business Development Specialist

Re: Pre-launch Announcement of ISO 16363 Program

ANAB is developing an accreditation program for certification of
organizations conforming with ISO 16363, Space data and information
transfer systems - Audit and certification of trustworthy digital

Since the late 1980s, many organizations have been concerned with issues
surrounding the long-term preservation of and access to digital data. In
1996, the Task Force on Archiving of Digital Information declared ”a
critical component of digital archiving infrastructure is the existence of
a sufficient number of trusted organizations capable of storing, migrating,
and providing access to digital collections.”

In 2007, several authors of the Open Archival Information System (OAIS)
Reference Model and Trustworthy Repositories Audit & Certification:
Criteria and Checklist (TRAC) and other interested parties began developing
ISO 16363. ISO 16363 has been endorsed by the Society of American
Archivists, the oldest and largest North American national archival
professional association. The standard is seen as a solution to concerns of
data preservation for the energy and utilities, healthcare, manufacturing,
legal, cultural heritage, and creative sectors. Any industry that has
preservation requirements, whether mandatory or voluntary, will benefit
from accredited certification of digital repositories.

ANAB will use ISO 16919, Space data and information transfer systems –
Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of candidate
trustworthy digital repositories, a companion standard based on ISO/IEC
17021, for TDRMS accreditation.

The Primary Trustworthy Digital Repository Authorisation Body (PTAB) will
offer a high-level ISO 16363 training course in Washington, DC, in October
2015. For more information on PTAB or the course, visit www.iso16363.org.

Pre-launch Discount

Any CB that meets the prerequisite and commits by 2015/10/01 to applying
for ISO 16363 accreditation will have a reduced application fee of $3,500
instead of the full application fee of $5 000. To take advantage of this
special offer, submit notice of your intent to nlarrimer at anab.org with
payment of $3,500 by the end of the day on 2015/10/01. Payment can be made
by wire transfer or by check to ANAB, P.O. Box 582, Milwaukee, WI
53201-0582, postmarked no later than 2015/10/01. For wire transfer
instructions, contacttsu at anab.org.
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