Trustworthy Digital Repository (TDR) Audit

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) is working to seek certification for its Federal Digital System (FDsys) as a Trustworthy Digital Repository (TDR) for Federal Government information, in compliance with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 16363).

A certification under ISO 16363 will reinforce GPO’s commitment to its mission of ensuring permanent public access to Federal Government information. Additionally, this certification will further validate that FDsys, its infrastructure, and its supporting organization are reliable and sustainable, in helping to ensure the long-term integrity of its digital holdings.

This project is a collaborative process between many different areas of GPO: Library Services & Content Management (LSCM); Programs, Strategy, and Technology (PST); Finance; Plant Operations; and Information Technology (IT).

The certification process encompasses a set of 109 criteria by which FDsys will be evaluated, including FDsys’ technical infrastructure, FDsys content and metadata, and FDsys’ supporting organization. In general, the criteria covers the repository and supporting arms of the agency and is split between:

1. Organizational Infrastructure

  • Governance and Organizational Viability
  • Organizational Structure and Staffing
  • Preservation Policy and Framework
  • Financial Sustainability

2. Digital Object Management

  • Acquisition of Content
  • Creation of Archival Information Package
  • Preservation Planning
  • Access Management

3. Infrastructure and Security Risk Management

  • Technology Inventory and Monitoring
  • Technical Audits
  • Software Replacement and Monitoring
  • Backup

Project Status and Milestones

  • November 2014
    • GPO announced to the FDLP community its intent to seek certification for FDsys as a Trustworthy Digital Repository through and FDLP News Alert.
  • December 2014
    • GPO initiated the process for seeking ISO 16363 certification and announced the project to the FDLP community through an FDLP News Alert and during the 2014 DLC Virtual Meeting.
    • GPO was named by the Library of Congress and the National Institute of Museum and Library Services as one of the five institutions to receive a resident through the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) program. Under this program, GPO will host a resident for one year to work on a significant digital stewardship project. Specifically, GPO’s NDSR resident will work on preparation for the audit and certification of FDsys as an ISO 16363 Trustworthy Digital Repository.
  •  FY 2015
    • GPO will prepare for the audit. Preparation includes: the identification and development of the necessary documentation and responses to the criteria by which FDsys will be evaluated and confirming accuracy of or adjusting to the business processes described in the documentation.
  • FY 2015/2016
    • GPO will perform an internal audit.
  • FY 2016/2017
    • GPO plans to begin the acquisitions process for an external ISO 16363 certification audit.

Project Resources

FDLP News Alerts