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Mission Statement: To promote Open Standards-based electronic document implementations using PDF technology through education, expertise and shared experience for stakeholders worldwide.
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Interview with Joris Schellekens, software developer at iText, about PDF Days Europe 2018

At the PDF Europe 2018 Joris Schelekens from iText will hosting a presentation titled “Structure Recognition for Information Retrieval and Layout” – what’s that about?”. In this interview he gives some background information about his presentation.

Five reasons developers should participate in PDF Days Europe

PDF Days Europe, the annual PDF technology education event, will take place from 14 to 16 May 2018 in Berlin at the Hotel Steglitz International. Of the many good reasons for developers to participate, here are five of the best.

5 reasons why those implementing electronic document technologies should attend PDF Days Europe

PDF Days Europe, the annual PDF technology education event, will take place from 14 to 16 May 2018 in Berlin at the Hotel Steglitz International. Of the many good reasons for users to participate, here are five of the best.

2018 PDF 2.0 Interop Workshop

Following the success of our previous interop workshops in Cambridge, England and Boston, Massachusetts, the 3rd PDF 2.0 Interop Workshop takes place on May 16, 2018 as part of the post-conference program immediately following this year’s PDF Days Euro …

Post-Conference of PDF Days Europe 2018 in Berlin

On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, directly following PDF Days Europe, the PDF Days Post-Conference offers a variety of workshops on PDF 2.0 Interop or PDF/UA.

PDF: A lifeblood technology of government

.govUnlike most businesses, government records-keepers are responsible for preserving documents for far longer periods than is typical in business, where retention periods rarely exceed 7 years.

Unlike those of most businesses, many formal government documents must be public, accountable, and accessible to users with disabilities, while other publically-accessible documents must be redacted to remove sensitive information.

Unlike those of most businesses, formal documents in government must commonly adhere to exacting standards for reproduction and authenticity purposes. At the same time, government agencies must be ready to accept (and store, and retrieve) vast numbers of pages submitted by millions of taxpayers, lawyers, accountants, companies, regulators, etc.

Government organizations think about documents a little differently than corporations. They have to.

Government needs a record

For bureaucracies and democracies alike, a record of laws, regulations, court decisions, appointments, statements and the many other types of official documents require a fixed representation. Formal documents must have a predictable and authoritative look and feel, and provide consistent performance in all viewing and printing situations. Discounting raster images as insufficient, the only way to responsibly share fixed, formal documents is PDF.

It’s not always easy to determine how PDF technology is best leveraged in non-commercial settings. The PDF Association’s December 2014 PDF Day educational event in Washington DC is designed to help IT decision-makers address their future document technology projects with substantial and clear knowledge of what PDF can do for them.

Making the record

From the judiciary to the legislative branch, from the regulator’s office to defense procurement, government departments have special responsibilities to document their internal communications and records of actions taken. One understated but key quality of PDF is the fact that high-quality documents in this format can be made from almost any source document or system.  Excel, CAD or web-browser, PDF takes it all. It’s flexible, and for this and many other reasons, is ideally suited as an electronic document format of record.

PDF/A can make archival versions from scanned or born-digital documents, incoming email, high volume output, or anything that may be printed from a computer.

PDF/A is recommended for use with archival documents by NARA’s new Transfer Guidance, and the Library of Congress.

Learn how to implement and address typical challenges in workflows based on PDF/A technology at PDF Day, December 10, 2014 in Washington DC.

Tags: PDF Day, education
Categories: Government, PDF/A