FAIR data and other ongoing research data development have raised several key issues of relevance to CoreTrustSeal. CoreTrustSeal-certified Trustworthy Data Repositories are vital components in enabling the realization of the Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) Data Principles, both ensuring and enhancing the ‘FAIRness’ of data over the long term.
The mission for CoreTrustSeal, endorsed by the Research Data Alliance and the wider community, is to provide a single sustainable ‘core’ route for repository data service requirements and certification. The Board exists to manage and maintain that core route over time, and in response to community needs. As the FAIR Principles are clarified through indicators and evaluated through (ideally automated) tests against digital objects, CoreTrustSeal will continue to integrate ‘core’ best practices into the Requirements.
The CoreTrustSeal also recognises there may be more explicit FAIR requirements that may be elaborated around the foundation of the CoreTrustSeal. The CoreTrustSeal and FAIR work may be a case where this certification can integrate a FAIR-enabling assessment into the CoreTrustSeal process. For this, the CoreTrustSeal Board will continue to follow and engage in the work carried out by FAIRsFAIR and other FAIR-related initiatives around the world to ensure that CoreTrustSeal certification continues to address community needs for core-level certification.