In September 2017, the ICSU World Data System (ICSU-WDS) and the Data Seal of Approval (DSA) announced the launch of a new Trusted Digital Repository (TDR) certification organization: CoreTrustSeal, which is looking to expand to trustworthy software, trustworthy data services, and fitness for use/FAIRness over time.
While CoreTrustSeal Data Repository certification replaces the DSA certification and the WDS certification of Regular Members, the CoreTrustSeal Board offers all interested data repositories a core-level certification based on the DSA–WDS Core Trustworthy Data Repositories Requirements catalogue and procedures.
The CoreTrustSeal certification is envisioned as the initial level in a global framework for repository certification that also includes the extended (nestor-Seal DIN 31644) and formal (ISO 16363) levels.
Ultimately, the CoreTrustSeal will endeavour to provide core-level certification for other research entities such as data services and software.
Driven by the commitments to offer professional certification tools and services to data repositories and to support volunteer qualified reviewers conduct audits in optimum conditions, CoreTrustSeal is developing a sustainable business model. As an initial step a modest fee to cover administrative costs will be charged as of January 2018.
The CoreTrustSeal is a community-based nonprofit organization promoting sustainable and trustworthy data infrastructures. It is governed by a Standards and Certification Board consisting of members drawn from the Assembly of Reviewers (by election) and the wider repositories stakeholders (appointed).