“When undertaking to curate data for the foreseeable future (and beyond) the concept of ‘trust’ is of paramount importance. Yet in a young discipline such as digital archiving, it is very difficult to demonstrate the potential for longevity of curation.”
The Assessment Manual can be downloaded from the DSA website, which includes details of the 16 guidelines, the minimum requirements, and some guidance notes. In the spirit of the openness the DSA recommends that the main policy and procedure documents should be accessible the world at large. One of the benefits mention is it shows to users and depositors that the archive has a set of standards is meeting them.