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Preservation Formats in the Context of PDF | DAS: Tools & Services | June 2, 2015

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Are you faced with the challenge of preserving digital records? Then “What are my options?” is one of the first questions that you need answered to make an informed decision. This webcast 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.

Upon completion of this course, you will:
  • 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 that insure that preservation is maintained.

Who Should Attend:
Archivists and others who may be considering the PDF/A standard as a preservation solution for digital records.

What You Should Already Know:
This course builds on information presented in the Basics of Managing Digital Records course and basic knowledge of archives and computer technology is expected.

DAS Core Competencies:
1. Explain the nature of digital records and their lifecycle.
2. Communicate and define terminology, requirements, roles, and responsibilities related to digital archives to a variety of stakeholders.


You will have access to this product for 60 days from the date of purchase.

Once the webcast is purchased, go to SAA's Learning Management System and click the Resources tab to access a PDF of the presentation slides and the webcast exam (if applicable).

If you intend to pursue the DAS Certificate, you'll need to pass the examination for this course.
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