Certification of the digital repository
What is certification?
Why is certification important? How do you translate certification requirements to your specific organisation? Which pieces of evidence do you need to get certification? Within our certification process, the KB has gained a lot of experience. By getting certified, you show to external parties that you handle digital heritage responsibly. You do this by documenting the choices you made and the policies you’ve implemented, and informing the certification authority about them. The KB has made its policy documents available online and has contributed to the Guidebook for Certification for Digital Archives of the Dutch Digital Heritage Network (Netwerk Digitaal Erfgoed or NDE in Dutch).
Why is certification important?
Keeping digital materials accessible is an important part of our mission. This is something we want to show to our users. We’re also happy to share any knowledge we obtained during this process with our network, so that we can help promote the professionalisation of archival institutions. We do this by participating in the Dutch Digital Heritage network with the Guidebook for Certification.
For press: like to know more?
Archiving materials is one of the core tasks of the KB. We don’t just want to do our work as well as we can, we also want to document everything properly. Especially when it comes to our digital repository. CoreTrustSeal certification is one way to show that we comply with the basic standards for preserving digital objects long term.