Over the last years the Interest Group has organized well attended sessions at all Plenaries. These sessions usually have a broad scope, aimed at informing stakeholders of recent developments around the different certification standards, presenting a range use cases and best practices and acting as an umbrella group for more focused activities.
1. Reaping the fruit: The Working Group Repository Audit and Certification DSA-WDS, that was initiated under the umbrella of the Interest Group has almost finished its activities. The deliverables are now open for community review and the test-bed results will be available soon. In this meeting we will present and discuss the final results.
2. Sowing the seeds: Within the context of the IG we will search for and discuss possible new focused and shorter term activities that can be initiated under the umbrella of the IG. This could eventually lead to a new BoF and WG.
2. Three 5 minute pitches of new possible themes: (15 minutes)
• Benefits of certification for different stakeholders – Kevin Ashley
• Certification of data services – Mustapha Mokrane
• Software Sustainability Seal of Approval – Ingrid Dillo
3. Discussion of the three themes in break-out groups (35 minutes)
4. Plenary reporting and next steps (20 minutes)
The researchers want to be sure that in the digital repositories, the integrity and authenticity of the data are well guarded and the data remain accessible, usable and meaningful over time.
The funders want the reassurance that their investment in the production of valuable research data is not wasted but will remain also in the future.
Certification will make it easier for funders to assess repositories and to make informed investment decisions.
Certification offers repositories something to show to funders and users. In addition, the certification process will provide them with advice on where improvements are needed.