History of Certification Research at Indiana University
Developed by OCLC and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), TRAC provides a checklist to assess the readiness of an institution to accept the responsibility of long-term digital preservation. The checklist is broken up into three parts: Organizational Infrastructure, Digital Object Management, and Infrastructure & Security Risk Management.
Data Seal of Approval (DSA)
The Data Seal of Approval provides a set of criteria for measuring the readiness of a specific repository for long-term digital preservation. This criteria is based on various national and international guidelines (including DRAMBORA, TRAC, and NESTOR/en) and is considered a simplification of these guidelines to ensure the usability of the DSA. Once a repository manager completes the self-assessment, it is submitted for peer review. If the assessment passes peer review, the board awards the Seal for a two-year period. Renewal requires resubmission of the assessment, but staff time to resubmit is significantly less than the initial certification.