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Essential Reading Trusted Digital Repositories:
Trusted Digital Repositories: Attributes and
Responsibilities. An RLG-OCLC Report, Mountain
View, CA., Research Libraries Group (RLG), May
`Just a few years ago, the development of trusted
digital repositories seemed far in the future, but
today it is an immediate challenge.The expert involve-
ment and community consensus developed during
the course of this work suggest that organizations
and funding agencies will need to work together in
the very near future to address the needs articulated
in this report.'
RLG and the Online Computer Library Center
(OCLC) have issued a report on how to ensure
reliable access to digital information over the long
term that is freely available at the RLG Web site.The
report addresses the attributes trusted, reliable,
sustainable digital repositories must have and discuss-
es requisite responsibilities at both the higher orga-
nisational/curatorial level and the operational level.
nFinally, the report looks at how repositories can be
certified and summarizes key recommendations. An
appendix provides technical overviews of the
Reference Model for an Open Archival Information
System (OAIS) -- a common framework for descri-
bing and comparing architectures and operations of
digital archives. Compliance with this model is pro-
posed as a defining attribute of a trusted digital reposi-
tory. RLG is particularly interested in the design and
implementation of a certification program for trusted
digital repositories.This will produce tools and guidance
for institutions responsible for digital collections
whether they are creating their own repositories,
working with publishers, or planning to contract for
third-party services.The report also includes a basic
operational responsibilities checklist for trusted digital
repositories.The report is a major step in defining
trusted digital repositories and providing the basis for
effective action. It is primarily intended for cultural
institutions such as libraries, archives, museums, and
scholarly publishers and is specifically aimed at those
with traditional or legal responsibilities for the pre-
servation of cultural heritage. It is written to aid
senior administrators as well as those implementing
digital archiving services.
This summary has been abstracted from the RLG
and OCLC Issue Final Report on Trusted Digital
Repositories: Attributes and Responsibilites,
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