WHOAS Repository is FAIR and CoreTrustSeal Certificated

The Woods Hole Open Access Server (WHOAS) repository was granted CoreTrustSeal certification on August 28, 2019.  The WHOAS repository complies with the guidelines set by the CoreTrustSeal Board.

We chose to go through this process to demonstrate our commitment to quality stewardship and to be a trusted option for our researchers facing funder and publisher requirements that data be accessible, and more recently, also citable with a DOI.

The Library always recommends that researchers deposit data in an appropriate subject or community repository, but there are many cases where the dataset needing a DOI does not fit that scenario. 

The ability to quickly and easily deposit data in a certified repository is a value added service for our users. Some funders now mandate the data must be deposited in a FAIR repository. Being a CoreTrustSeal certified repository ensures that the WHOAS repository practices FAIR principles.