Data Seal of Approval

Data Seal of Approval Benefits

Certifying your repository against the 16 Data Seal of Approval guidelines has many benefits, chief among them that the repository is recognized in the community as a trustworthy source of data.

Starting point for obtaining the Data Seal of Approval

Complete a self-assessment in the DSA online tool. The online tool takes you through the 16  guidelines and provides you with support.

Once you have completed your self-assessment you can submit it for peer review. The peer reviewer will go over your answers and documentation and will award the Data Seal of Approval (DSA) when you have met the requirements.

Your self-assessment and review will not become public until the Data Seal of Approval is awarded.

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Receiving the Data Seal of Approval

After the Data Seal of Approval (DSA) is awarded by the Board, the DSA logo may be displayed on the repository’s Web site. The Board will provide appropriate HTML code, which includes the DSA logo and a link to the organization’s assessment.

The DSA Board then places the approved assessment of the new DSA repository on the DSA Web site, using the name of the specific repository and a logo if provided.

Data Seal of Approval guidelines

The 16 Data Seal of Approval guidelines are based on the following five criteria:

  • The data can be found on the Internet
  • The data are accessible (clear rights and licences)
  • The data are in a usable format
  • The data are reliable
  • The data are identified in a unique and persistent way so that they can be referred to

Renewing the Data Seal of Approval

Your Data Seal of Approval for a given period can be displayed indefinitely but will need to be updated periodically if the repository wants to stay compliant with newly released standards and receive the latest DSA logo. DSA-certified repositories will be contacted automatically when an update is available. The current Seal is the one issued according to Version 2 of the guidelines and displaying the years 2014-2015.

For more information see the DSA regulations.

References for completing your self-assessment

You may be interested in the case study of the Archaeology Data Service (ADS), which was published by the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) and the case study of the Finnisch Social Science Data Archive (FSD).

Or check out the self-assessments of repositories that have already been awarded the Data Seal of Approval. They are all freely accessible via the list under the heading DSA (just click on the year) on the right-hand side of this webpage.

Furthermore you could watch the below case studies presented at the DSA conference 2013:

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DSA overview

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Acquired Seals

Repository DSA
3TU.Datacentrum 2014-2015
Archaeology Data Service 2014-2015
BABS - Long Term Preservation at the Bavarian State Library- Library Archiving and Access System 2010
Banco de Información para la Investigación Aplicada en Ciencias Sociales (BIIACS) 2014-2015
BAS CLARIN 2014-2015
CINES : Long-term Preservation Platform (PAC) 2014-2015
CISER Data Archive 2014-2015
CLARIN Center BBAW 2014-2015
CLARIN Center INL 2014-2015
CLARIN Centre Vienna 2014-2015
CLARIN-D Resource Center Leipzig 2014-2015
Clarin-PL Repository 2014-2015
CLARIN.SI Repository 2014-2015
CLARIND-UDS 2014-2015
CLARINO Bergen Repository 2014-2015
DANS: Electronic Archiving SYstem (EASY) 2014-2015
DataFirst Data Portal 2014-2015
De Digitale Koepel 2014-2015
Deutsches Textarchiv 2010
DHS Data Access 2014-2015
Digital Repository of Ireland 2014-2015
DIGITAL.CSIC 2014-2015
Edinburgh DataShare 2014-2015
EROS Center 2014-2015
Finnish Social Science Data Archive 2014-2015
GAMS (Geisteswissenschaftliches Asset Management System) 2014-2015
German National Library/ Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (DNB) 2014-2015
GESIS Data Archive for the Social Sciences 2014-2015
Goportis Digital Archive - German National Library of Economics (ZBW) 2014-2015
Goportis Digital Archive - German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) 2014-2015
Huygens ING: eLaborate 2014-2015
HZSK Repository 2014-2015
IDS Repository 2014-2015
IMS Repository 2014-2015
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) 2014-2015
LASA 2010
LINDAT-Clarin - Centre for Language Research Infrastructure in the Czech Republic 2014-2015
LISS panel data 2014-2015
NSD's Research Data Archive 2014-2015
Odum Institute Data Archive 2014-2015
Oxford Research Archive for Data (ORA-Data) 2014-2015
Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC) 2010
Platform for Archiving CINES (PAC) 2010
Repository of Charles University in Prague, Map Collection 2014-2015
Roper Center for Public Opinion Research 2014-2015
RU-IIEc 2014-2015
SLUBArchiv 2014-2015
Strasbourg Astronomical Data Center (CDS) 2014-2015
TalkBank 2014-2015
Test version 3 2016-2018
The Clarin centre at the University of Copenhagen 2014-2015
The Language Archive - Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics 2014-2015
The Language Bank of Finland 2014-2015
TRAILS 2014-2015
Tübingen CLARIN-D Repository 2014-2015
UCD Digital Library 2014-2015
UK Data Archive 2014-2015


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