Joint DCC and DPE Tutorial: Building Trust in Digital Repositories Using the DRAMBORA Toolkit

3 May 2007


Running from 11.00am to 4.00pm, this practical tutorial provided a contextual overview of the need for an evidence-based evaluation of digital repositories and offered an overview of the DCC pilot audits to date. The tutorial then moved on to demonstrate how institutions can make use of the DRAMBORA toolkit to design, develop, evaluate, and refine new or existing trusted digital repository systems and workflows. This involved a walk-through of the criteria checklist with practical examples based on the pilot audits. Participants were encouraged to draw upon and share their own experiences during this discussion. Participants received a hard copy of the checklist and related documentation to take away with them so they could begin to assess their own repositories and workflows or start developing their own repository system.


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Benefits of Participation

This course enabled attendees to:

  • Comprehend the concepts of trust with regards to digital repositories
  • Recognize the need for evidence-based evaluation for building trust in digital repositories
  • Understand how the DRAMBORA toolkit can be used to help design and develop systems and workflows that can help build trusted digital repositories
  • Obtain skills needed to undertake a thorough assessment of digital repositories using the DRAMBORA toolkit
  • Appreciate the range of staff and skill-sets required to implement and sustain a trusted digital repository

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this event was anyone involved in funding, supporting, developing, implementing, and/or managing digital repositories.


  • Andrew McHugh, advisory services manager for the DCC since 2004, leads a world-class team of digital curation practitioners in offering leading-edge expertise and insight in a range of issues. His most recent work at the DCC has involved leading its work in trusted repository Audit and Certification. McHugh also lectures on multimedia systems and design on the MSc in Information Technology run by the Computing Science Department at Glasgow.
  • Hans Hofman is senior advisor at The Nationaal Archief [external] (National Archives of the Netherlands). He is in this position involved in e-government projects and initiatives throughout Dutch government with respect to access and management of digital records, standardisation, and information management in general. He teaches in different courses about records management, digital preservation and metadata issues. On the international scene he is furthermore involved in the Inter Pares 2 [external] research project and in ISO TC46/SC11 as chair of the Working Group on Records Management metadata. He has been involved as co-director in ERPANET [external] and is now one of the partners in the network of Digital Preservation Europe. Finally, he is researcher in the Delos 2 [external] project on Digital libraries with respect to digital preservation, and in the new research project PLANETS. He has given numerous presentations and written many articles on topics like digital preservation, record keeping metadata and electronic records management.
  • Raivo Ruusalepp is currently involved in the audit and certification of digital repositories work of the EU Digital Preservation Europe project. He is employed at the National Archives of Netherlands and the Estonian Business Archives. Ruusalepp has an MA in computing applications for history from University of London and has worked with digital archives and electronic records management for more than ten years.


This event took place at The British Library [external] in London.


Registration fees were £50 for DCC Associates Network members and £75 for non-members.

Membership of the DCC Associates Network is FREE! For more information on becoming a member, see our Associates Network page.

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