Federal agencies will advocate for cultural heritage communities in a vendor-neutral environment
Berlin, Germany. The National Archives and the Library of Congress have announced that they have joined the PDF Association as Partner Organizations of the non-profit organization which promotes adoption of international standards for portable document format technology. Both federal agencies collect, and produce, numerous documents as PDF documents.
The National Archives will host the PDF Association’s PDF Day; a full-day of strategic education delivered by subject-matter experts and designed expressly for federal and state agency executives and contractors. PDF Day will include six areas of focus, including the just-published PDF 2.0 specification, PDF/A, archival of engineering content in PDF, PDF accessibility, and much more.
“In our roles as both producers and custodians of PDF documents, the National Archives and the Library of Congress seek to engage with the PDF standards and vendor communities to advocate for the needs of cultural heritage communities in the vendor-neutral space offered by the PDF Association,” said Laurence Brewer, Chief Records Officer for the National Archives. “Working together with other PDF Association Liaison Organizations, we gain the opportunity to influence the development of PDF specifications, tools, and systems to meet the business needs of archiving and long-term access.”
“The Library's participation will foster enhanced relationships with industry, providing more opportunities for the Library to communicate its needs to the community that develops the software which content producers and publishers use for digital documents and more,” said Mark Sweeney, Associate Librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress.
“We’ve worked with NARA and LoC staff at the ISO table for some time now. We look forward to sharing PDF Association resources with two of the world’s leading cultural heritage organizations,” said Matt Kuznicki, DataLogics CTO and current Board Chairman of the PDF Association.
“We feel strongly that PDF Association members will learn from enhanced opportunities for dialog with Library of Congress and National Archives personnel, and in addition, that the two federal agencies will further their missions by way of enhanced access to technical experts throughout the PDF industry,” said Duff Johnson, Executive Director of the PDF Association and ISO Project co-Leader for ISO 32000, the PDF specification.
Originally invented by Adobe Systems in the early 1990s, the Portable Document Format (PDF) family of standards is now managed by volunteers working within International Standards Committee ISO’s TC 171 SC 2 of which the National Archives is an active member. PDF includes subset formats appropriate for a variety of uses, including PDF/A, PDF/UA, PDF/E and others with characteristics appropriate for archival collections.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), an independent federal agency, is the nation's record keeper. Founded in 1934, its mission is unique—to serve American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government, ensuring that the people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. NARA ensures continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. It supports democracy, promotes civic education, and facilitates historical understanding of our national experience. The National Archives meets a wide range of information needs, among them helping people to trace family histories, making it possible for veterans to prove their entitlement to medical and other benefits, and preserving original White House records. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries, and online at http://www.archives.gov/.
The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services, and other programs, or plan a visit at loc.gov; access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov; and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.
First established as the PDF/A Competence Center in 2006, today, the PDF Association is an international organization promoting awareness and adoption of open standards in digital document applications using PDF technology. The association facilitates education, networking and communication, and the sharing of expertise and experience with interested parties worldwide. The current membership includes over 100 enterprises and numerous individual subject-matter experts from more than 20 countries.
The management board includes industry leaders from Adlib Information Systems Inc., Adobe Systems Inc., callas software GmbH, Datalogics Inc., Dual Lab, Foxit Europe GmbH, intarsys consulting GmbH, levigo solutions GmbH, Nitro Software Inc. and Satz-Rechen-Zentrum (SRZ). The association’s chairman is Matt Kuznicki, Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of Datalogics Inc. The Executive Director is Duff Johnson, independent consultant and ISO Project Leader of ISO 32000 and ISO 14289.
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