2012 Emmett Leahy Award Winner, Dr. David Giaretta

David Giaretta became the Director of the Alliance for Permanent Access in July 2010. He graduated from Oxford University in Physics and went on to do a doctorate in Theoretical Physics.  In 2003 he was awarded an MBE for services to Space Science.


He has worked on a number of astronomical satellites, being UK resident astronomer for IUE and the calibration lead in the USA on the Faint Object Camera of the Hubble Space Telescope. He has extensive experience in planning, developing and running scientific archives and providing and managing a variety of services to large numbers of users.


Dr Giaretta has published many scientific papers in refereed journals and given presentations at numerous international conferences, scientific as well as technical. In addition he has broad experience in e-Science. He is a member of the programme committee of the PV series of conferences which focuses on preservation and adding value to scientific and technical data and several other conference series.
As chair of the panel which produced the OAIS Reference Model (ISO 14721), ‘now adopted as the “de facto” standard for building digital archives’[1], he made fundamental contributions to OAIS and continues to contribute to the follow-on standards. Dr Giaretta leads the group which produced the ISO standard for audit and certification of digital repositories, and setting up the certification organisations.


Dr Giaretta was Associate Director for Development of the UK Digital Curation Centre. He then led a number of EU projects, closely linked to the APA, focussed on digital preservation. These included CASPAR which implemented much of the first APA research plan, addressing fundamental issues of digital preservation, producing infrastructure components and tools for preservation of all types of digitally encoded information together with evidence of their effectiveness.  PARSE.Insight identified users’ views on the main threats to, and their attitudes towards, preservation. APARSEN brings together commercial and public organisations across Europe to come to a common vision for research in digital preservation. APARSEN will help the APA become a global centre of excellence in digital preservation. The SCIDIP-ES project began in September 2011 and will put in place key infrastructure components, based on those prototyped by CASPAR, which will help organisations be more trustworthy as preservers of digitally encoded information