May 23, 2022

Journal Article: “The TRUST Principles for Digital Repositories”

The article linked to below was recently published by Scientific Data.


The TRUST Principles for Digital Repositories


Dawei Lin
Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health

Jonathan Crabtree
Ingrid Dillo
Robert R. Downs
Rorie Edmunds
David Giaretta
Marisa De Giusti
Hervé L’Hours
Wim Hugo
Reyna Jenkyns
Varsha Khodiyar
Maryann E. Martone
Mustapha Mokrane
Vivek Navale
Jonathan Petters
Barbara Sierman
Dina V. Sokolova
Martina Stockhause
John Westbrook


Scientific Data 7, 144 (2020)
DOI: 10.1038/s41597-020-0486-7


As information and communication technology has become pervasive in our society, we are increasingly dependent on both digital data and repositories that provide access to and enable the use of such resources. Repositories must earn the trust of the communities they intend to serve and demonstrate that they are reliable and capable of appropriately managing the data they hold.

Following a year-long public discussion and building on existing community consensus1, several stakeholders, representing various segments of the digital repository community, have collaboratively developed and endorsed a set of guiding principles to demonstrate digital repository trustworthiness. Transparency, Responsibility, User focus, Sustainability and Technology: the TRUST Principles provide a common framework to facilitate discussion and implementation of best practice in digital preservation by all stakeholders

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