Certification and Assessment of Digital
Repositories: The Auditor and Auditee Perspective

Bernard F. Reilly, Jr.
Center for Research Libraries

Eileen Fenton
Managing Director

Over the course of 2009, the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) initiated in-depth assessments of two repositories of interest to the CRL community: Portico and HathiTrust. The purpose of these assessments was to promote understanding of and, where justified, confidence in, digital repositories. In 2010, CRL issued a report certifying Portico as a trustworthy digital repository.

In this briefing, CRL will discuss how certification fits within its efforts to enable its community to accelerate the shift to electronic-only resources in a careful and responsible manner; its approach to certification and assessment; and its ongoing work in this arena.

The Portico audit was a lengthy and productive experience. Details of the experience will be shared in this session to inform other organizations of the steps involved should they choose to pursue an audit and certification, and the ongoing requirements of the audit will be discussed.



Last updated:  Thursday, August 25th, 2011