In repositories we trust …!

Data repositories play an essential role in enabling FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) custodianship of research data. This implies an inherent mandate of trustworthiness.

Trusted Digital Repositories …

  • give researchers the assurance that their data will be cared for,
  • provide funding bodies with the confidence that research data which they fund, will remain available for reuse,
  • enable researchers to reliably assess the data they want to reuse.

NeDICC, in collaboration with SFSA hosts the “In repositories we trust …!” workshop on 5 December 2017 at the CSIR International Convention Centre (CSIR ICC) in Pretoria. The intention is to expand the South African data community’s experience in trusted repository certification.

The CoreTrustSeal standard for certification is hot off the press – giving us the opportunity to attempt to comply with the NRF requirement of giving researchers access to trusted repositories. The aim of the workshop is to understand the certification process and the requirements, as well as to prepare a draft submission for certification. This will assist those repositories that have reached maturity to apply for certification and those who are not yet able to do so to plan and progress towards compliance.

Upon registration you will be provided with workshop material. It is expected that participants would at least have attempted to complete the submission template by the 5 December and have sourced the evidential material, such as institutional policies related to the certification criteria. The workshop time will be used to address specific concerns and to also share possible responses in cases where these responses are not obvious. Please bring along your own laptops.

The workshop will be presented by Mr Wim Hugo (Chief Data and Information Officer at SAEON) and Niklas Zimmer (Manager: Digital Library Services, UCT).

The workshop is free of charge.

Please register online at for the workshop. Registration will close by 24 November. The first 40 delegates to register will be accommodated. You will receive confirmation of attendance via email. If you have registered, but are unable to attend, please inform Lucia Lotter ( by 24 November. Keep in mind that you will be charged a cancellation fee in case of a no-show.

The workshop is a side event to the Science Forum South Africa ( ) which takes place on
7-8 December. It will be worthwhile to attend.

In repositories we trust …!

5 December 2017


Time Activity   Responsibility
08:30 – 09:00 Registration  
09:00 – 09:15 Welcome and introduction: “Why certify?” Niklas Zimmer
09:15 – 10:00 What certification means; an overview of certification requirements Wim Hugo
10:00 – 10:30 CoreTrustSeal Requirements 0 – 8 (complete, discuss and evaluate) Wim Hugo
10:30 – 11:00 Comfort break  
11:00 – 12:30 CoreTrustSeal Requirements 0 – 8 (complete, discuss and evaluate) Wim Hugo
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch (sponsored)  
13:30 – 15:30 CoreTrustSeal Requirements 9 – 16 (complete, discuss and evaluate) Wim Hugo
15:30 – 16:00 General discussion and closure Niklas Zimmer

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