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New Standards and Certification Entity on the Horizon

New Standards and Certification Entity on the Horizon

The Hague, Netherlands and Tokyo, Japan – March 2017

The ICSU World Data System (WDS) and the Data Seal of Approval (DSA) Board are pleased to announce the further alignment of their procedures and organizations.

A single WDS–DSA Standards and Certification Board has now been established. This ad hoc Board will take responsibility for the development and maintenance of the certification criteria and processes, and for the final approval of applicants for Core Trustworthy Data Repositories certification.

During the transition phase, this ad hoc Board will also supervise the establishment of a new standards and certification entity to replace the DSA and to provide WDS Regular Members certifications, including new branding and the development of a governance and business model. This new entity is expected to be in place before the end of 2017.

The ad hoc Board is committed to ensuring community engagement and inclusion, transparency of processes, and the availability of a certification open to any appropriate data repository.

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