In October 2018 the Data Access Portal (DAP) was awarded CoreTrustSeal certification. The aim of the CoreTrustSeal was to develop a catalogue of core characteristics for trustworthy data repositories. The CoreTrustSeal was launched in 2018 as an international certification organisation. It was developed from a cooperative effort between the Data Seal of Approval and International Council for Science World Data System under the Research Data Alliance.

The international certification of the DAP as a trusted data repository is an assurance the repository has policies and processes to ensure the data assets in the DAP will be available over the long term. 

Certification of the DAP involved a self-assessment that was externally peer reviewed. The application was developed in consultation with a range of IMT staff from DAP development, data infrastructure and operational support. As a requirement for transparency, CSIRO's application has been published on the CoreTrustSeal website. The seal's logo will be displayed in the footer of the new DAP user interface, due for release in December 2018.

The benefits and impacts of gaining "core level" certification for stakeholders include: 


  • Confidence that the DAP has best practice processes
  • Enhancement of the DAP's reputation
  • Promotion of the long term preservation of CSIRO's data assets

Data Users

  • Trust that access to data assets will be reliable and durable over the long term
  • Supports discovery
  • Provides a persistent identifier, conditions for reuse including citation text
  • Understanding of a collection's contextual information with links to related publications or websites

Publishers and Funders

  • Demonstrates DAP has been independently evaluated as following best practices.

The project investigated hosting externally owned data in the DAP. See external data applications for more details.

If you have any questions about the Trusted Data Repository certification or the DAP hosting externally owned data please contact Research Data Support.

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