Benchmarking digital repositories: Chloe Brookes-Kenworthy

Chloe Brookes-Kenworthy wants to set a benchmark for good practice in digital repositories. To do this she is asking all collecting agencies across the country to complete an online survey on their practices. The Edith Cowan University research student also works as the assistant archivist (metropolitan), at the Lands and Property Management Authority, in Sydney.

‘I want to determine what good practices exist in digital repositories in cultural heritage. I want to establish if there are any agencies that have fully considered making their repository ‘trustworthy’, according to TRAC – the Trustworthy Repositories Audit and Certification: Criteria and Checklist,’ Ms Brookes-Kenworthy said. She selected TRAC for its comprehensiveness and potential to evolve into an industry standard.

Ms Brookes-Kenworthy believes that if people are aware of an industry benchmark when building a digital repository, they will have the capacity to expand. Not everyone wants to be a trusted repository as they have different commitments and requirements but it is important to have the option to extend practices and services in the future.

The results of individual agencies who complete the survey will remain confidential. Ms Brookes-Kenworthy is aware that people’s expectations of their results could be artificially low as many people are working alone and feel they are not doing a very good job when quite often the opposite is true.

Opt-in invitations are being sent to list servs and all managers of digital repositories are encouraged to respond. Email Chloe Brookes-Kenworthy if you would like her to send you the opt-in email. You can also complete the survey over the phone as an alternative to online.

2 Responses to “Benchmarking digital repositories: Chloe Brookes-Kenworthy”

  1. Frank Mack Says:

    Not sure what you are on about.. we have digitised our photograph collection and have a simple database of all our accessions. Would like to think we are trustworthy… happy to be part of this survey.. may be something to learn.

  2. Chloe BK Says:

    Thanks for your comments Frank.

    Shreeves and Craigin (2008) define a digital repository (DR) as a set of services and technologies that provide the means to collect, manage, provide access to, disseminate, and preserve digital materials. This means that the infrastructure that supports your database and the digital information objects are both part of your digital repository.

    I will soon get in touch with you directly to provide you with more information about the survey so that you can participate if you chose.

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