September 26, 2021

GPO’s govinfo Becomes the Only ISO Certified Trustworthy Digital Repository in the World

From the Government Publishing Office:

 The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) has once again made history by becoming the only organization to maintain the highest global standard of excellence for digital repositories. GPO successfully completed its second yearly surveillance audit that is required to maintain its ISO 16363 Trustworthy Digital Repository certification for govinfo, the one-stop site for authentic information published by the Government. GPO achieved the certification by meeting official criteria for trustworthy digital repositories as defined by experts in the field.

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GPO’s govinfo was audited in two stages. As part of the audit, the GPO team provided presentations, responded to questions, and supplied documentation to serve as evidence of GPO’s commitment to standards-based digital preservation best practices. Presentations included guided walkthroughs of govinfo internal processes and procedures, policy frameworks, and technology demonstrations.

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Certification under ISO 16363 provides assurance to the public that govinfo is a standards-compliant digital archive in which Government information will be preserved, accessible, and usable into the long-term future. The certification demonstrates that not only the documents, but also the organizational structures and systems around those documents, maintain integrity.

The Primary Trustworthy Digital Repository Authorization Body Ltd. first awarded certification to GPO under ISO 16363:2012 in December 2019.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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