This post was written bij Barbara Sierman

Recently I blogged about the NCDD work package on Certification, a Dutch initiative in which 5 major memory institutions will get certified according to either DSA, or DIN (and in the future ISO 16363). One of the organizations participating is the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. The NISV is the production archive for the Dutch public broadcasters (without a legal deposit law in The Netherlands this material is not collected in the National Library but we have shared responsibilities for collecting our national heritage).

The NISV officially started the DSA certification procedure last June, but preparing the organization is an activity that already started a while ago. Read for example their white paper OAIS compliant Preservation Workflows in an AV Archive from 2013, in which they show how they plan to organize their workflows according to the OAIS model.

My colleague Annemieke de Jong , Preservation Officer at NISV, had an interesting interview in AV Insider about the efforts her team made to involve and to prepare the organization before they stepped into the process to get the Data Seal of Approval certification. The article describes for example their approach to guarantee authenticity and integrity and to make audit trails possible. Valuable recommendations (from a practitioner!) at the end of the article makes it a must read for everyone thinking about getting certified.