DASSH Earns CoreTrustSeal Accreditation


The Archive for Marine Species and Habitats Data (DASSH) hosted by the Marine Biological Association (MBA) has achieved CoreTrustSeal accreditation, solidifying its commitment to data integrity.

The accreditation recognises and reinforces the DASSH’s dedication to maintaining high standards in managing, archiving, and providing access to marine biodiversity data.  

CoreTrustSeal is an international, community-based organization promoting sustainable and trustworthy data infrastructures.

The accreditation process involved a rigorous evaluation by independent experts of various aspects of DASSH’s work, including data management policies, infrastructure, and security measures.

By obtaining this accreditation, DASSH has demonstrated its dedication to ensuring the highest standards of data management and preservation.

Head of Data, Information and Technology Dan Lear said: “Achieving this accreditation demonstrates the ability of the MBA Data Team to perform all of the relevant activities relating to providing long-term access to data of value to marine biodiversity researchers”. 

This significant achievement highlights the DASSH’s commitment to making marine biodiversity data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) and further solidifies its role as the MEDIN Data Archive Centre (DAC) for marine fauna and habitats, as well as the UK node for the global Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) partnership.