Risk management foundations for digital libraries: DRAMBORA (Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment)

Andrew McHugh, Perla Innocenti, Seamus Ross, Raivo Ruusalepp

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This paper proposes the use of the DRAMBORA (Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment), the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) and DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE) audit toolkit for digital repositories, as a tool to ensure the preservation capabilities of digital libraries. Digital repositories lie at the heart of digital libraries: ensuring long-term sustainability of their content is a fundamental responsibility of a digital library system and environment. DRAMBORA is designed to facilitate the assessment of digital repositories’ risk exposure: it facilitates internal audit by providing repository administrators with a means to assess their capabilities, identify their weaknesses, and recognize their strengths. The toolkit represents the latest complementary development in an ongoing international effort to conceive criteria, means and methodologies for audit and certification of trustworthy digital repositories. DRAMBORA already includes the ten CRL principles for digital preservation repositories. As part of the ongoing developments of the toolkit we are investigating its applicability within the digital library domain, and the identification of core principles of digital preservation that can be incorporated into the DELOS Digital Library Reference Model, to ensure that digital libraries conforming to the reference model have preservation functionality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPre-proceedings of the Second Workshop on Foundations of Digital Libraries
Subtitle of host publication11th European Conference on Research and Advanced Technologies on Digital Libraries (ECDL2007)
Place of PublicationPisa
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • digital libraries
  • digital repositories
  • digital preservation
  • digital curation
  • risk assessment
  • risk managenent
  • ICT
  • digital technologies


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