Trusted Data Community – Reaching for Trust

Dr Richard Ferrers1, Ms Margie Smith2, Dr Natalia Atkins5, Dr Siddeswara Guru4, Ms Katina Toufexis3

1Australian Research Data Commons, Melbourne, Australia
2Geoscience Australia, Canberra, Australia
3University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
4TERN, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
5IMOS, Hobart, Australia


The Trusted Data Community is a collaborative activity of 21 organisations seeking to gain an international certification (called Core Trust Seal, CTS) about the trustworthiness of their respective data repositories. Since 2019, the community has been meeting regularly to discuss and share progress and gathered for workshops and writing sessions.


This BOF will bring together lead community members and conference guests to :

(1) strengthen the community relationships through online interaction;

(2) discuss different approaches and methods to assess requirements for CoreTrustSeal;

(3) share current work, successes and challenges facing us individually and communally,  and

(4) allow the community to work together on challenging issues.


This BoF will provide an opportunity to bring the community together to share learnings with other organisations who are interested in CTS and for them to hear about and meet the community which will widen the potential benefits and interest in the existing community. As such, the BoF will feature a small number of guest speakers representing the broad perspective of community activity to date who will briefly (3-5 min) share with delegates what progress they have made to date with learning, costing and undertaking  Trusted data certification. In the second phase, community members will convene around, and report back on, one or two particularly challenging topics, allowing for in-depth discussion, sharing strategies and opportunities for progress.


Richard is a Research Data Specialist at ARDC, based in Melbourne, where he works in the ARDC Engagements Team with Victorian and Tasmanian institutions.

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