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OPF Workshop – Getting Started with veraPDF

May 24 : 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

This half-day workshop will provide participants with an understanding of what veraPDF does, how to install and configure the software and how to interpret the results.

veraPDF is an open source, industry supported PDF/A validation and characterisation tool and part of the OPF reference toolset. It can be used by itself or as part of a digital preservation workflow. It is also embedded in several off-the-shelf digital preservation products.

Who should attend?

This digital preservation workshop is aimed at anyone who is new to veraPDF.

Goals/learning objectives:

  • Discover the main features of the PDF/A specifications and their relation to the standard PDF file formats.
  • Learn how to install and use veraPDF and how to interpret the results. Understand what its capabilities and limitations are.
  • Find out how to report bugs, request features and contribute to improving veraPDF, benefitting the whole community.

Draft Agenda

09:00 Coffee and registration

  • The OPF reference toolset and a brief history of veraPDF
  • An introduction to the PDF/A specification
  • Why do we validate file formats? Policy, practice, and why we use PDF/A
  • Where veraPDF can fit into your workflow
10:00 Installing, configuring and running veraPDF
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Interpreting validation results: what do they mean?
11:45 Beyond validation, enforcing institutional policy using veraPDF
12:15 How can I contribute?
12:45 veraPDF future and wrap up
13:00 Close


OPF members receive priority registration. Charter members are invited to register up to five participants free of charge, affiliate members can register for one place free of charge. Please use the access code distributed to the members mailing list to apply the discount.

Any remaining places will be open to the community from 1 April 2019. The registration fee for non-members is €50.00.

Please note due to the practical nature of this workshop, we are limiting registration to 25 places.

Registration will close on 17 May 2019.

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About veraPDF

veraPDF is sustained and maintained by the Open Preservation FoundationDual Lab provides active user support and carries out maintenance and bug fixes. The PDF Association’s PDF Validation Technical Working Group continues in its role resolving ambiguities arising from veraPDF’s usage in the field, and promoting adoption of PDF/A and veraPDF by developers worldwide.


May 24
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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