What does it mean – “without metadata”? Metadata is everywhere. We have to deal with it each and every day; sometimes it’s critical for us – sometimes it’s in our way. Although metadata is so ubiquitous the term itself has no broad awareness in our society. Ask your friends what metadata is all about and if they are not IT specialists you might not get an answer. But you’ll find metadata on every milk bottle, every pharmaceutical product and on the passport in your wallet. But what would happen if there would be no metadata at all? [...]
When compared with the preservation of data in its original format, there are many advantages to archiving documents and data from digital sources into PDF/A. The source applications are rapidly being developed further. As a result of this, after only a few years, the readability and the authentic display of data can no longer be guaranteed. Furthermore, a company must maintain all of the applications that are used and all of the platforms on which they operate. This incurs considerable costs. Even for documents and files that are created digitally, PDF/A is an excellent choice for long-term archiving and comes with great advantages with regard to uniformity, searchability and cost-effectiveness.
The articles in this chapter contain the conference presentations from Track 1: What you need to know about PDF/A, for novice to intermediate level users. [...]