Christian Keitel

The Nestor Approach to the Certification of Digital Archives

Date: March 25, 2016

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Room: Wells Library, Rm LI 030


The German discussion about the certification needs of digital archives started in 2002. Since 2004, several groups have been working on the elaboration of the DIN standard 31644 and on a convenient certification procedure. In the last years, these activities lead to the realization of the nestor seal as an ex- tended self-assessment process for digital archives. The seal is given by nestor, which is the central German competence network for digital preservation, and the first two digital archives received the seal in 2016. The talk provides a short overview of the main steps, from the first ideas up to the certification of the archives. It compares the current certification activities both with the first ideas as well with other certification schemes like the ISO 16363/16919 and the Dutch Data Seal of approval. Lastly, it discusses the role of standardization and certification on the development of digital archives.

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Prof. Dr. Christian Keitel received his PhD in Medieval History in Tübingen and a diploma in Archival Science at the Archive School in Marburg. Since 2000, he is responsible for strategic issues on digital preservation within the Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg (regional state archive). Between 2006 and 2009, he led a working group which developed a system for the long term preservation of digital objects (DIMAG) and the open source software IngestList. His fields of research cover problems of the long term preservation of digital and digitized material as well as questions on authenticity and certification. He is a co-leader of the Nestor working group on certification and the DIN working group on trustworthy digital archives and an initial signer of the MOU to create a European Framework for Audit and Certification of Digital Repositories. He teaches courses on digital preservation at three German universities. Since 2015, he is also a Professor of Archival Science at the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences.