Monthly Archives: July 2009

Metadata in PDF/A: Requirements and Benefits

Dietrich von Seggern of callas offers a webinar that examines the requirements of PDF/A with respect to
XMP Metadata and includes a demonstration of analysis and validation of XMP Metadata, as well as the creation and editing of XMP Extension Schemas. [...]

Session Intro – Track D: Health Care

Health care is an application area that is currently subject to radical digitalization. On the one hand, the growth of classic paper archives is becoming a logistical and organisational problem, due to the current flood of documents that must be maintained for at least 30 years. On the other hand, the increasingly electronic formats of laboratory, X-ray, clinical and examination systems demand adequate electronic archiving. [...]

Session Intro – Track C: Business to Consumer (e.g. Banks, Insurances, Telcos)

In the business-to-consumer relationship, the topic of PDF/A also crosses over to the consumer. [...]

From Medical Forms to PDF/A Documents

The “Praxis für Strahlentherapie” in Singen is a radiotherapy practice. We treat around 140 people a day with a staff of more than 20 people. The institution was built new from scratch in 2007, so we had the advantage of no inherited bad habits and were able to define our workflow without inherited burden. A good workflow is essential for every radiotherapy institution. Nearly all of the patients who come to us for treatment have had some other previous treatments (surgery, chemotherapy…). They come to us with a pile of papers describing treatments, actual blood values and diagnostic findings. Using the information we get we make a therapy plan, the therapy is carried out and in the end a letter is sent to every clinic or physician involved. [...]

Pros and Cons of PDF/A for Long-Term Archiving

How the times have changed! There are hardly any more silly discussions about why TIFF is audit-proof (it actually never was) but not PDF. Or why PDF files can be manipulated (correct, as with every other document format) and TIFF presumably not (although due to its simple bitmap structure, it’s actually easier to edit a TIFF than a PDF). Some three years after having been published as an ISO standard, the opinion about PDF/A has completely changed, thanks in part to the countless publications and presentations about PDF/A. PDF and PDF/A are the preferred formats in the DMS / archiving market. [...]

The Publications Office Digital Library Project

The European Publications Office (‘the Office’) is currently digitising its historic archive of around 130 000 publications dating back to 1952. The aim is to make the entire collection accessible for free download and online consultations by October 2009. Outsourced industrial, non-destructive mass digitisation enables production, delivery and upload of 1.5 million pages per month. The main delivery is a PDF/A-1b file containing bookmarks, basic metadata and a background text layer. [...]

Digital Preservation – Retrospective Digitization and PDF/A

These days, many cultural institutions (scientific and public libraries as well as state, private and ecclesiastic archives) are digitializing valuable cultural assets such as books, prints and maps. Along with the aim of enabling a broad public or scientific use or to protect valuable originals from direct access, this process is used in order to preserve the historic originals and to securely store them in the most optimal environmental conditions. [...]

Session Intro – Track A: Archives & Libraries, Public Sector and eGovernment

The articles of this chapter contain the content of the Conference-Track A: Archives & Libraries, Public Sector/ eGovernment.