Assessment criteria

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Discusses the efforts to develop an ISO standard for assessing the trustworthiness of digital repositories.

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  • NARA has worked with partners in the Federal Government and from around the world to develop these assessment criteria. These standards are part of the requirements for the development of ERA
  • NARA has worked with partners in the Federal Government and from around the world to develop these assessment criteria. These standards are part of the requirements for the development of ERA
  • The short answer is yes. Assessment Criteria are very much the product of the group that develops them. Often a self-identified group with similar requirements, principles, concerns to address.
  • Assessment criteria

    1. 1. Developing Assessment Criteria One Archivist’s View Mark Conrad National Archives and Records Administration Center for Advanced Systems and Technologies (NCAST) ASIS&T Research Data Access and Preservation Summit 10 April 2010
    2. 2. Disclaimer <ul><li>All statements, opinions, and conjectures are my own unless otherwise attributed. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Electronic Records Archives <ul><li>NARA developing very large electronic records repository </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Long term (End of the Republic +) Preservation and Access to Important Records of the US Federal Government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requirements Beyond the Current State of the Art. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need for Advanced Research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requirements for ERA Developed Based on Advanced Research </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. NCAST <ul><li>NARA’s Leading Technology Organization for Advanced and Applied Research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archival Science </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Address Three Major Needs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Expand the Scope of Advanced Research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring New Technologies and Methods into NARA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify Needed Expertise and Help NARA Secure It </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Who defines the required assessment criteria? <ul><li>Legal Requirements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal Records Act </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presidential Records Act </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Freedom of Information Act </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Designated Communities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>President, Congress, Courts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other Federal Agencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The American Public </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Archival Principles </li></ul>
    6. 6. How is a consensus reached on the required assessment criteria? <ul><li>National Coordination Office for Networking Information Technology Research and Development (nitrd.gov) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NCAST Works in Concert with Other Federal Agencies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cooperation with Other National/State Archives and Professional Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>NCAST Research Partners </li></ul>
    7. 7. Can an international standard form the basis for assessment criteria? <ul><li>I Hope So! </li></ul>
    8. 8. Can an international standard form the basis for assessment criteria? <ul><li>NARA has a Significant Investment in the Development of Standards/Standards in the Making </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ISO 14721 (OAIS Reference Model) (2002) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DoD 5015.2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trustworthy Repositories Audit & Certification: Criteria and Checklist (TRAC) (2007) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audit And Certification Of Trustworthy Digital Repositories (Draft Recommended Practice 2009) </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Are assessment criteria dependent upon the organizing community? <ul><li>Common Set of Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Common Set of Principles </li></ul><ul><li>Common Set of Concerns </li></ul>
    10. 10. Thank You! <ul><li>NCAST </li></ul><ul><li>www.archives.gov/ncast </li></ul><ul><li>Mark Conrad </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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