Research Analysis: A World Data System and Canadian CoreTrustSeal Cohort Needs Assessment


  • Caroline Lee World Data System International Technology Office
  • Sarah Gonzalez World Data System
  • Karen Payne World Data System International Technology Office
  • Meredith Goins World Data System International Program Office



World Data System, CoreTrustSeal, Data Repository, Needs Assessment, Strategic Plans, Technical Roadmaps


From July 2022 to December 2022, the World Data System (WDS) International Technology (ITO) and International Program (IPO) Offices conducted a review of strategic plans and technical roadmaps of all current WDS members and the set of Canadian repositories that participated in the Digital Research Alliance of Canada's CoreTrustSeal Certification Support and Funding Pilot (Digital Research Alliance of Canada, 2022). In this paper, we describe how a new organizational assessment method was designed and utilized to identify the needs and challenges faced by the WDS and Canadian CTS Pilot members. Our method relied on reviewing public-facing documentation provided by the repositories, with a priority on strategic plans and technical road maps. In total, we reviewed 95 sources of information, including 33 strategic plans and 3 technical roadmaps describing a total of 95 out of the original 147 target organizations. In this paper, we also describe our assessment tool and the overarching challenges and goals we identified through the usage of this tool. Finally, we will describe the limitations of our methodology and provide recommendations from the World Data System on how best to assist the WDS members and the cohort of Canadian data repositories based on our findings.


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How to Cite

Lee, C., Gonzalez, S., Payne, K., & Goins, M. (2024). Research Analysis: A World Data System and Canadian CoreTrustSeal Cohort Needs Assessment. IASSIST Quarterly, 48(2).