You can read now all articles from the 3rd International PDF/A Conference on pdfa.org now. The complete overview of the papers.
In Summer 2009 the 3rd International PDF/A Conference took place in Berlin. This is a compilation of all articles and presentations [...]
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. [...]
In the business-to-consumer relationship, the topic of PDF/A also crosses over to the consumer. [...]
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. [...]
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 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. [...]
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. [...]