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veraPDF Short Course @ Archiving 2017: PDF/A Challenges and Validation Tools

May 15 - May 18

The course comprises presentations and practical demonstrations that provide an introduction to the PDF/A format, its applications, and how institutions can use veraPDF software in their PDF/A workflows. Limited places are available. Register now to secure your place.

PDF/A Challenges and Validation Tools

Monday 15 May 13:30 – 15:30

Instructors: Carl Wilson, Open Preservation Foundation, and Boris Doubrov, Dual Lab

The course comprises presentations and practical demonstrations that provide an introduction to the PDF/A format, its applications, and how institutions can use veraPDF software in their PDF/A workflows.

The course begins with an introduction to the PDF format, the PDF/A standards, and PDF/A validation. This is followed by an investigation of some of the common issues encountered when validating PDF/A documents. These are explored through demonstrations using the veraPDF software to process PDF documents. The class demonstrates how the veraPDF toolkit can be used to validate PDF/A documents and report the results and look at the results of the validation process and help participants to understand the preservation risks associated with some particular issues. The course also covers problems that might be encountered in using PDF/A and associated legal aspects.

Participants should bring their laptops for the demos/exercise.

Benefits
This course enables the attendee to:

  • Understand what PDF/A is and is not.​
  • Appreciate different PDF/A versions (1, 2 and 3) and conformance levels (a, b, and u).
  • Learn the choices presented by the variety of PDF/A flavours helping them to make the right decisions.
  • Learn common areas of concern: fonts, colors, metadata, images, etc.
  • Understand some practical aspects of PDF/A compliance and the associated preservation risks and the open source veraPDF tool set and its uses.

Intended Audience: Archivists, librarians, curators and other people working at memory institutions and in other institutions that need to store and preserve digital files, digital preservationists, IT researchers, open source software developers, people working in standardization organizations, and policy makers.

About Archiving 2017

The IS&T Archiving Conference brings together an international community of imaging experts and technicians as well as curators, managers, and researchers from libraries, archives, museums, records management repositories, information technology institutions, and commercial enterprises to explore and discuss the field of digitization of cultural heritage and archiving. The conference presents the latest research results on digitization and curation, provides a forum to explore new strategies and policies, and reports on successful projects that can serve as benchmarks in the field. Archiving 2017 is a blend of short courses, keynote talks, peer-reviewed oral and interactive (poster) presentations, an exhibit, and social events offering attendees a unique opportunity for gaining and exchanging knowledge and building networks among professionals.

To find out more about the conference, short courses and to register visit: http://www.imaging.org/site/IST/Conferences/Archiving/IST/Conferences/Archiving/Archiving_Home.aspx.

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