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PDF/A Competence Center Expands to an Association

September 14, 2006 (Berlin) – PDF/A, the new ISO standard for long-term archiving, is generating a great deal of interest on the market. To handle the high demand for information and exchange experience on all aspects of PDF/A, the PDF/A Competence Center has now been reorganized as an association. The founding companies include callas software GmbH, Compart Systemhaus GmbH, LuraTech Europe GmbH, PDF Tools AG (Switzerland) and PDFlib GmbH.

This provides interested parties with the combined expertise of leading PDF/A suppliers. Activities of the newly founded association will include conducting seminars, cooperation on further standardization and serving as a competent point of contact for questions regarding all aspects of PDF/A.

At the beginning of the year already, PDF Tools AG and Lura Tech Europe GmbH founded the PDF/A Competence Center and conducted three seminars on the subject of PDF/A. “The interest in PDF/A was and continues to be so great that we decided to team up with other companies to form an association,” said Thomas Zellmann, executive chairman of the PDF/A Competence Center.

The activities are divided into the areas of cooperation on ISO standardization, conducting seminars, building a Web site with a range of information and recruiting additional members.

Cooperation on ISO standardization
The members of the PDF/A Competence Center are technically oriented and are represented in the ISO committee. They contribute actively to the advancement of the PDF/A standard.
The products of the providers represented were tested for mutual compatibility to ensure high technical quality. Furthermore, it is planned to make test suites available to other suppliers and enable compatibility testing.

Events on the PDF/A standard
To address the high demand for information about PDF/A on the market, the PDF/A Competence Center will continue to hold periodic professional seminars at various locations.

The next seminar will take place the days before the start of the DMS EXPO in Cologne. This enables participants to combine the seminar visit conveniently with a trip to the trade show.

Additional seminars will be held on November 6th in Munich and November 16th in Berlin.

Web site and information
The PDF/A Competence Center has set up the Web site www.pdfa.org to provide interested parties with a central point of contact for information. This includes comprehensive information on the topic and additional links regarding the ISO standard. In addition to that, interested parties can address questions to the PDF/A Competence Center, for which they will receive either a comprehensive answer or information for a competent contact person.

Attracting new members
The PDF/A Competence Center wants to involve further members. The association is directed at providers of PDF solutions and at companies involved with PDF/A in the fields of DMS and ECM as well as interested individuals and user who would like to apply PDF/A in their organizations. An initial member attracted is the well-known DMS/ECM consulting firm Zoeller & Partner GmbH.

Moreover, the association is international in focus, and as of next year its activities will be expanded beyond the German-speaking regions. The first PDF/A conference is planned for February 2007.

PDF/A is the ISO 19005 standard for long-term archiving in PDF format. It comprises a limited variant of PDF, a standard for the use of PDF in long-term archiving. The standard specifies in detail what content is allowed and what is not. These and other specifications are intended to ensure long-term readability of the documents regardless of the application software and operating system in which they were originally produced. Experts predict that the designation of PDF/A as an ISO standard will promote the popularity of that format, and advantages such as full text search capabilities will lead to it replacing TIFF in the near future.

PDF/A Competence Center
The PDF/A Competence Center was established as a association in 2006. The objective of the association is to promote the exchange of information and in the field of long-term in accordance with ISO 19005: PDF/A. Among the founding compames are callas software GmbH, Compart Systemhaus GmbH, LuraTech Europe GmbH, PDF Tools AG (CH) and PDFlib GmbH. The executive chairman is Thomas Zellmann, a managing partner of LuraTech. Hans Baerfuss, CEO of PDF Tools AG, Switzerland, is the deputy executive chairman.

Editorial contacts:
PDF/A Competence Center
c/o LuraTech Europe GmbH
Thomas Zellmann
Kantstr. 21
10623 Benin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 394050-0
Fax: +49 30 394050-99

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Nicole Koerber
Kolberger Str. 36
23617 Stoelwww.goodnews.de

Tags: launch, members, recruiting
Categories: PDF/A