Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives



UK Data Archive gets CoreTrustSeal accreditation

The UK Data Archive has been awarded the CoreTrustSeal, a certification that promotes sustainable and trustworthy data infrastructures by setting out requirements for trusted data repositories.

The UK Data Archive, based at the University of Essex, is the trustworthy digital repository (TDR) provider to the UK Data Service and the achievement of CoreTrustSeal sits alongside the recent accreditation as a data processor under the Digital Economy Act and its longstanding certification for information security (ISO27001).

The CoreTrustSeal tests compliance with sixteen requirements related to organisational governance, digital object management and technical infrastructure. Together, these provide an assurance that the data provided are from a trustworthy repository. The CoreTrustSeal is the successor to the Data Seal of Approval (DSA), which was the Archive’s previous TDR accreditation.

"Achieving this accreditation demonstrates the ability of the UK Data Archive to perform all of the relevant activities relating to providing long-term access to data of value to social science researchers," said the Archive's Repository and Preservation Manager and CESSDA Trust Working Group leader, Hervé L'Hours.

Read the full news item on the UK Data Service website.