SSHOC Webinar How to improve the quality of your repository? SSHOC and certification of repositories
Certification is a sign of trust that benefits a data repository in many ways. How can your repository achieve certification? On 23 April, the Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud project will organize a webinar concentrating on the certification of digital repositories and how to apply for the CoreTrustSeal. In the webinar, SSHOC will also introduce the ways it can support repositories seeking certification.

CoreTrustSeal is a community-driven certification framework with over 80 past certifications. The certification consists of sixteen requirements for which applicants are asked to provide self-assessment statements along with relevant evidence. CoreTrustSeal certification is sufficiently stringent for data repositories within the social sciences and humanities but significantly less costly and labour-intensive than formal audit against ISO/DIN standards. Certification requirements for the CoreTrustSeal are also reviewed every three years in comparison with every five years for ISO/DIN standards. CoreTrustSeal is open to feedback and continuously considering the widest possible range of certification candidates.

  • Discover the benefits of certification.
  • Learn how your repository can achieve the CoreTrustSeal.
  • Find out how SSHOC can assist your repository during the certification process.
The event is intended for staff of data repositories interested in certification.

Mari Kleemola is Development Manager at the Finnish Social Science Data Archive (FSD), Tampere University. She has 20 years of experience in digital preservation and open science. Currently she participates in two projects related to building EOSC: the SSHOC and the Nordic EOSC project. She is also a member of the CoreTrustSeal Board and the leader of the CESSDA Tools & Services Working Group.


René van Horik works as Senior Project Manager at DANS in the Netherlands. He is involved in EU projects that work on the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud, such as EOSC-hub, FREYA and SSHOC.

To answer your questions regarding certification, the webinar brings together a panel comprising representatives of SSHOC Task 8.2 Trust Support Team.

To learn more about certification and Trustworthy Digital Repository frameworks, read the SSHOC Deliverable D8.2 submitted in February: Certification plan for SSHOC repositories.

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