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    Digital Repository Audit Method on Risk Assessment (DRAMBORA) [Link]

"DRAMBORA (Digital Repository Audit Method Based On Risk Assessment) originated as a paper-based methodology for helping repository managers to develop a documented understanding of the risks they face, expressed in terms of probability and potential impact. These risks are then mapped to organisational aspirations and effort allocations in order to facilitate ongoing organisational development and resource allocation. In short, DRAMBORA offers a quantifiable insight into the severity of risks faced by repositories right now, and an effective means for reporting these."

  • The Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS).  Audit and Certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories.  September 2011. [Link]

"CCSDS Recommendations take two forms: Recommended Standards that are prescriptive and are the formal vehicles by which CCSDS Agencies create the standards that specify how elements of their space mission support infrastructure shall operate and interoperate with others; and Recommended Practices that are more descriptive in nature and are intended to provide general guidance about how to approach a particular problem associated with space mission support. This Recommended Practice is issued by, and represents the consensus of, the CCSDS members.  Endorsement of this Recommended Practice is entirely voluntary and does not imply a commitment by any Agency or organization to implement its recommendations in a prescriptive sense."


  • McHugh et al. "Bringing Self-assessment Home: Repository Profiling and Key Lines of Enquiry within DRAMBORA." The International Journal of Digital Curation, Issue 2, Volume 3 (2008). [Link]

"As repositories of various shapes and sizes continue to appear across the digital preservation landscape, means are urgently required to facilitate their evaluation. In what remains an immature discipline there are seldom any assurances of the viability of individual preservation infrastructures, and a pragmatic, risk-averse approach is critically important. The Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment (DRAMBORA) provides repository administrators with a flexible self-audit methodology and online tool, facilitating the validation of their objectives and methods and the management of intrinsic and extrinsic threats. This article introduces DRAMBORA, outlining its respective strengths and describing where it fits into a wider evaluation context."

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