14 October 2020 - 14:00 to 15:30


Scholarly primitives, such as representing, discovering, sampling and referring are typically well supported by data repositories. However, these do not provide evidence that the data or features provided by the repository are managed and operated in a trustworthy and reliable manner. Assessment against an agreed standard is a way to evaluate the reliability and sustainability of data repositories. Certification helps to demonstrate this to the repository users and funders, thus ensuring them that available data and services are of a certain quality that is defined in corresponding requirements.

The CoreTrustSeal offers baseline certification for repositories and is playing an increasingly prominent role in the ecosystem of generating and serving FAIR data. For CoreTrustSeal certification, a repository first conducts an internal self-assessment against the 16 CoreTrustSeal requirements, which is then reviewed by community peers. Even outside of the formal certification framework the CoreTrustSeal criteria provide a demonstrable approach to internal and external review, supporting a benchmark for comparison and a means to determine the strengths and weaknesses of data repositories.

This workshop is for the benefit of data repository managers planning to seek CoreTrustSeal certification or wanting to understand how their data is managed in the context of CoreTrustSeal requirements. However, the workshop will be useful to anyone wishing to build digital research infrastructure in a sustainable way or understand the characteristics of such an infrastructure.

Participants will have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the CoreTrustSeal certification requirements and procedures, gaining a better understanding of the necessary steps for certification, and how compliance with the criteria may be met. CoreTrustSeal experts will share their experiences with certification and answer certification-related questions. Participants are asked to take notice of the “CoreTrustSeal Extended Guidance” and drafting a self-assessment response to at least 2-3 requirements.

We will also describe why and how the current SSH research infrastructures (CESSDA, CLARIN) use and recommend CoreTrustSeal as means for supporting sustainable FAIR science.

Overall agenda of the workshop:

  1. Introduction to CoreTrustSeal
  2. CoreTrustSeal approach in CESSDA and CLARIN
  3. Case studies / hands-on session


The workshop is part of the certification support activities of the Social Sciences & Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC) project. SSHOC has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 project call H2020-INFRAEOSC-04-2018, grant agreement #823782.

Workshop organisers:

René van Horik, Data Archiving and Networked Services
Tomasz Parkoła, Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center

List of speakers/instructors:

Birger Jerlehag, Swedish National Data Service
Daan Broeder, KNAW Humanities Cluster/CLARIN ERIC
Rene van Horik, Data Archiving and Networked Services
Tomasz Parkoła, Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center