Do you trust your archive?

Design and evaluate digital archives with nestor criteria

The event "Do you trust your archive?" is entering its second round: On 13 November 2019, after its premiere in July, the workshop will now also take place at the TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Sciende and Technology in Hanover. The nestor event will focus on the nestor criteria for digital preservation and how these can be used to design and evaluate digital archives. In recent years, many smaller and larger digital archives have been created and each one has broken new ground.

Who knows in the conception of a digital archive whether he thought of everything and overlooked nothing? Whether users will still be able to trust digitally stored documents in a few decades' time, whether the archive still has its processes under control and whether the objects can still be read and understood? For more than 20 years, various initiatives around the world have been asking themselves these questions.

The nestor criteria catalogue for trustworthy long-term digital preservation and the DIN standard 31644 developed from it have formulated 34 criteria for the examination of digital archives. Both a self-examination and an extended self-evaluation with the support of nestor within the framework of the nestor seal ("certification") are possible.

The event is aimed at colleagues who already work in a digital archive and would like to check their archive for possible weak points and improvement potentials. Once the criteria and procedures have been presented, there will be plenty of time for collegial exchange.


  • 11:00 to 11:15: Welcome Address
  • 11:15 to 13:45: Presentation of criteria and procedures (including lunch break)
  • 13:45 to 15:00: Discussion and exchange of experiences in small groups            
  • 15:00 to 16:00: Discussion in plenary session                                                   

Please register for the event at vl-nestordnbde.

Further information about the nestor workshop

Date: 13 November 2019, 11:00-16:00
Location: TIB Technik/Naturwissenschaften (Science/Technology) site, lecture room