APTrust includes a range of possibilities for volunteers to contribute in pursuit of its mission. One of those means of contribution is to sign up for a Work Group. Work Groups are usually considered for establishment by the APTrust Advisory Committee upon recommendation of one of its members or the APTrust staff, or upon assignment by the APTrust Governing Board. Structure varies according to the specific nature of the work involved, but commonly includes a leader responsible for overseeing the activities of the group and a reporter responsible for ensuring regular communication about those activities. Results of Work Groups are reported to the APTrust Advisory Committee and are further communicated by that committee to the Board as appropriate. Work Groups may be established for long-term projects, such as consideration of and preparation for trusted digital repository certification, or for short-term projects. Work Groups are decommissioned when no longer needed by the APTrust Advisory Committee.
At the APTrust Fall 2017 meeting, work began on a high-level review of APTrust to be concluded in December 2017. The purpose of the review is to examine a set of fundamental questions, and in doing so develop recommendations from the membership to the governing board about future directions APTrust should pursue. Unlike other APTrust Work Groups, the Review work group comprises the entire membership of the consortium. More info here: Fall 2017 Review
At the APTrust Fall 2015 meeting, two planned work groups (on Communications and on Operating Documents) were combined into a single group called the Communications and Policy Working Group. Notes and other operating records of this working group are found in the links below.
More info here: Communications and Policy Group
The Certification working group manages TDR requirements and assures that all documentation, policies and practices are in accordance to ISO 16363.
More info here: Trusted Digital Repository Working Group