Preservation Formats in the Context of PDF

Certificate Eligibility: 
90 minutes
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Are you faced with the challenge of preserving electronic records? Then "What are my options?" is one of the first questions that you need answered to make an informed decision.


This class addresses the criteria for a “preservation format,” the use of PDF/A as a preservation format, the limitations of PDF, the ISO PDF/A standard, the processes for converting electronic documents to PDF, quality control procedures, and general preservation management for PDFs.

Learning Outcomes: 
Identify the criteria for a “preservation format”
Recognize the limitations and benefits of PDF and PDF/A in the context of preservation
Outline processes for converting electronic documents to PDF/A
Implement quality control and identification procedures to ensure that preservation is maintained
Who Should Attend: 

Archivists and others who must deal with the conversion of electronic records to long-term, or persistent, formats

What You Should Already Know: 

Registrants should have a basic understanding of the portable document format.

DAS Core Competency: 
5. Strategically plan for the sustainability of digital archives.
Most valuable aspect: "Having it shared with us the several different PDF formats that have been developed for various data types and the explanation of the differences between them. I also very much appreciated the one very specific example of how a lack of embedded fonts led to the loss of information, the formulas, in a thesis document."
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