David Giaretta

For world class expertise in digital preservation

 

David Giaretta has worked in digital preservation since 1990 and has led many of the most important developments in this area.
He chaired the panel which produced the OAIS Reference Model (ISO 14721), the “de facto” standard for building digital archives, and made fundamental contributions to that standard. He led the 2012 update of OAIS

He leads the group which produced the ISO standard for audit and certification of trustworthy digital repositories (ISO 16363), and IS016919, which are fundamental to the setting up the certification process; details are available on the PTAB website (www.iso16363.org).

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He has led a number of large digital preservation projects, representing an investment by the EU and more than 50 partner organisations of several tens of millions of Euros. These projects include CASPAR, PARSE.InsightAPARSEN and SCIDIP-ES – details available here. These build on his experience working in and leading large data digital repositories and software systems.
Involved with the Alliance for Permanent Access (APA) from its start to its establishment, David Giaretta became the Director of the APA in July 2010.
In 2011 his book “Advanced Digital Preservation” was published; a full list of publications are available here.

Advanced Digital Preservation: “There is lots of good solid basic digital preservation information in this book. […] Giaretta guides us through it in detail. And in pleasantly understandable language. […] Giaretta’s fluid style of writing, the many cross-references, summaries, and warning signs have enabled me to delve deeper into the technical level”
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Most organisations depend on their digitally encoded intellectual capital. Backup plans can help ensure business continuity in case of disaster but how can your organisation ensure that it benefits from its digital capital?

Based on this leadership in the field, Giaretta Associates can provide advice and guidance about ways to ensure your data is valuable now and into the future including:

If you are starting from scratch we offer:

  • Data management and repository systems – planning, organising and implementing digital repositories
  • Large scale storage
  • Specific Archival issues e.g. dealing with government documents

If you have an existing repository but think it needs improvement we offer:

  • Preservation services and tools to supplement existing repository capabilities – what tools and services can help to improve a repository’s preservation capabilities without disruptive change?

If you or your staff need to know more about preservation we offer:

  • Training in all aspects of digital preservation

If you want to make sure that everything needed for preservation is collected before it is put into a repository we offer:

  • Data management planning

If you want to stand out from the other repositories by obtaining ISO 16363 certification we offer:

  • Audit preparation
  • Audit improvement plan implementation

Awards

IUE Team Award from President Reagan

HST award

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Award from President Reagan to the International Ultraviolet Explorer Team Award for work on Hubble Space Telescope In 2003 he was awarded an MBE for services to Space Science.
David Giaretta featured in IBM Think 2006

Ken Thibodeau presenting the 2012 Emmett Leahy Award to Dr. David Giaretta

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Featured in IBM Think 2006 September 2012 David was awarded the Emmett Leahy Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Information and Records.  August 2013 David Giaretta was appointed special advisor for digital preservation to Renmin University, Beijing

 

Background

He gained his BA, MA, MSc and a doctorate in Theoretical Physics from Oxford University.
He chaired the CCSDS/ISO panel which wrote the OAIS standard (ISO 14721:2002) and led the update in 2012. He then worked on many of the follow on standards listed in the OAIS  road-map.  Work on certification was carried forward by the Task Force on Digital Repository Certification, of which David was a member. This group produced, in 2007, the TRAC document which was the initial draft on certification. As planned, this draft was taken back into CCSDS/ISO to a panel chaired by David, which refined and reorganised it to make it more suitable for audits. In 2012 this was published as ISO 16363, which completely superseded TRAC. The panel then produced ISO 16919:2014 which plays the important role of specifying the requirements on bodies which provide audit and certification, fitting into the international ISO process of audit and certification.
He has worked on a number of astronomical satellites, being UK resident astronomer for IUE and the calibration lead in the USA on the Faint Object Camera of the Hubble Space Telescope and has extensive experience in planning, developing and running scientific archives and providing and managing a variety of services to large numbers of users.
Dr Giaretta has published many scientific papers in refereed journals and given presentations at many international conferences, scientific as well as technical. In addition he has broad experience in e-Science. He is a member of the programme committee of the PV series of conferences which focuses on preservation and adding value to scientific and technical data and several other conference series.
In 2005 he co-organised the Warwick workshop “Digital Curation and Preservation: Defining the research agenda for the next decade” which has proved to be very influential in the UK and internationally. More recently he was rapporteur for the EU High Level Group on Scientific Data whose report Riding the Wave put forward a vision for 2030.
Dr Giaretta was Associate Director for Development of the UK Digital Curation Centre. He then led a number of EU projects, closely linked to the APA, focussed on digital preservation. These included CASPAR which implemented much of the first APA research plan, addressing fundamental issues of digital preservation, producing infrastructure components and tools for preservation of all types of digitally encoded information together with evidence of their effectiveness. PARSE.Insight identified users’ views on the main threats to, and their attitudes towards, preservation.
APARSEN brings together commercial and public organisations across Europe to come to a common vision for research in digital preservation. It will help the create a centre of excellence in digital preservation. The SCIDIP-ES project began in late 2011 and will put in place key infrastructure components, based on those prototyped by CASPAR, which will help organisations be more trustworthy as preservers of digitally encoded information.

He founded and co-chairs the Research Data Alliance group on Active Data Management Plans and the group on Preservation e-Infrastructure.