CoreTrustSeal is governed by the Standards and Certification Board composed of elected members representing the Assembly of Reviewers.

A Founding Board was established in January 2018 until the elected Board is elected before the end of 2018. During this initial phase the Founding Board will take responsibility for the development and maintenance of the CoreTrustSeal certification criteria and processes,  and for the final approval of certifications. The Founding Board will supervise the establishment of the CoreTrustSeal legal entity—including the development of its Statutes, Rules of Procedure, and business model— and the establishment of the Assembly of Reviewers. The Founding Board is committed to ensuring community engagement and inclusion, transparency of processes, and the availability of a certification open to any appropriate data repository.

Members of the Founding CoreTrustSeal Board


  • Mustapha Mokrane (World Data System)Chair
  • Mari Kleemola (Finnish Data Archive)Secretary
  • Ingrid Dillo (Data Archiving and Networked Services) – Treasurer
  • Herve L’Hours (UK Data Archive) – Vice-chair


  • John Faundeen (USGS EROS Centre)
  • John Howard (James Joyce Library, University College Dublin)
  • Wim Hugo (South African Environmental Observation Network)
  • Toshihiko Iyemori (WDC Geomagnetism, University of Kyoto)
  • Reyna Jenkins (Ocean Networks Canada)
  • Jonas Recker (GESIS-Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)
  • Robert R. Downs (CIESIN-SEDAC, University of Columbia)
  • Paul Trilsbeek (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)

Ex officio

  • Rorie Edmunds (World Data System)
  • Ilona von Stein (Data Archiving and Networked Systems)

(January 2018)