pátek 29. května 2015

Preserving Documents Forever: When is a PDF not a PDF? Seminář 15.7. v Oxfordu

Už jsme psali tom, že projekt PREFORMA financovaný ze 7RP, vypsal tender na vytvoření nové sady volně dostupných validátorů nejběžnějších formátů (popis tenderu je na http://www.preforma-project.eu/call-description.html).

Projekt PREFORMA, DPC, OPF, a konzorcium VeraPDF, které v tendru uspělo v první fázi jako dodavatel validátoru PDF/A, pořádají seminář kde by měli prezentovat první výsledky. Kdyby někdo měl šanci se tam podívat, bude to určitě stát za návštěvu.


První výsledky jsou k dispozici na githubu https://github.com/veraPDF

Z textu pozvánky: 

PDF is a ubiquitous format for publishing and sharing digital documents. It provides a useful tool for dissemination and because it is designed to ensure that the look and feel of documents does not change from one environment to the next it seems like a promising basis for the preservation of documents. But it also introduces a variety of preservation challenges for those working to preserve digital information for the long term. For example there are numerous tools to help create PDFs means many of which introduce their own subtle variations to the standard. Browsers have become increasingly tolerant of these eccentricities. That helps users in the short term but makes validation harder in the long run. How are organisations beginning to address these and other issues? What makes a PDF a PDF and how can repository managers tell the difference? And what can we do as a community to solve the PDF preservation problem? These are just some of the questions this briefing day will seek to answer.This briefing day will include an introduction to a new initiative that aims to tackle the complexities of PDF Preservation head on. The VeraPDF Consortium has been funded by the Preforma Project to develop a comprehensive PDF/A validation tool and policy checker. This will ultimately provide a definitive take on PDF/A compliance whilst also acting as a method of identifying PDF characteristics that pose a risk to long term preservation. Participants at the briefing day will have a chance to find out what VeraPDF plans to deliver. More importantly they will also have an opportunity to contribute to its design.The full programme is yet to be finalised but speakers will include Betsy Fanning, author of the DPC’s forthcoming 2nd edition Technology Watch Report ‘Preserving with PDF/a’, Johan van der Knijff from the National Library of the Netherlands, Carl Wilson from the Open Preservation Foundation and Ange Albertini from Google.

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