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DRAMBORA offers a quantifiable insight into the severity of risks faced by repositories right now, and an effective means for reporting these.
Function:Organisational Audit,Planning
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DRAMBORA (Digital Repository Audit Method Based On Risk Assessment) originated as a paper-based methodology for helping repository managers to develop a documented understanding of the risks they face, expressed in terms of probability and potential impact. These risks are then mapped to organisational aspirations and effort allocations in order to facilitate ongoing organisational development and resource allocation. In short, DRAMBORA offers a quantifiable insight into the severity of risks faced by repositories right now, and an effective means for reporting these.

Using DRAMBORA[edit]

The best and most efficient way of carrying out a DRAMBORA audit is by using DRAMBORA Interactive, an online tool which guides you through the audit process on a step-by-step basis. DRAMBORA Interactive provides a host of real-world risk exemplars which you can use or modify for your own repository's circumstances. Finally, DRAMBORA Interactive's powerful reporting functionality enables you to export your risk register in a variety of formats, providing a powerful business case for increasing the security and stability of your repository.

Benefits of DRAMBORA[edit]

Carrying out a DRAMBORA audit helps provide peace of mind with regard to growing, valuable and at-risk digital collections. It can strengthen the trust of users and staff, increase efficiency by helping to focus and refine operational policies, and may even highlight potential opportunities for repository managers to leverage increased development potential by offering a clear way to demonstrate the risks related to shortfalls in repository funding.

User Experiences[edit]

OhioLINK engaged in an audit process using DRAMBORA to assess whether they could claim to be trustworthy. See "Planning a digital preservation assessment using TRAC:CC and DRAMBORA" (2007)


Examined by the ECrystals project in 2009, who concluded "DRAMBORA takes a more quantified approach to assessing repositories and would therefore work best for an established repository looking for self-assessment." See Preservation Planning for Crystallography Data: JISC eCrystals Federation Project (2009)


The Southampton KeepIt Course assessed the use of DRAMBORA in the context of preserving research data. (2010)


Development Activity[edit]