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Shawna McAlearney

Shawna McAlearney is the Marketing Specialist for Appligent Document Solutions.
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What is a “Competence Center”?

The PDF Association started in 2006 as the “PDF/A Competence Center”. The mission was to identify – and thereby establish – a common interpretation of the PDF/A-1 specification. With that accomplished through meetings open to all members, the secondary …

“PDF can do THAT?!”

PDF files deliver a complete package of information that defines a document; everything that’s needed to represent the text, graphics and layout that the recipient receives. To most people, PDF is “electronic paper” – the digital expression of a cellul …

The only digital document format

What is a “document”? A document is a record of some (typically written) content – a publication, a contract, a statement, a painting – at a moment in time. Until the advent of computers (and scanners), the media typically considered useable for such r …

Save the Date: PDF Days Europe 2018, May 14-16, in Berlin

PDF Days Europe is the most popular PDF event of the year. It’s where the PDF industry meets, and where institutional and corporate users come to learn what else PDF could do for them. The first two PDF Days will offer a broad range of educational sessions focussed on current and perennial topics in the world of PDF technology implementation.

The Power of the Page

It’s a question that vexes vendors of web-based solutions everywhere: why do people still insist on PDF files? And why does PDF’s mindshare keep going up? “PDF is such antediluvian technology!” they say. “It’s pre-web, are you kidding me? It’s so old-f …

PDF/A: Helpful Links


AIIM: Association for Information and Image Management

APROGED – France

ISO: International Organization for Standardization

  • ISO 19005-1 (You can order a copy of the standard here)

VOI – Verband: Organisations und Informationssysteme e.V.

nestor: Kompetenznetzwerk Langzeitarchivierung

Österreichisches Wissensnetzwerk Digitale

Langzeitarchivierung (Dig:LA)

Kompetenzzentrum Records Management

Articles and Documents

PDF Association Articles

Basic Papers about topics like “PDF/A and Colors”, “PDF/A for Scanned Documents”, “PDF/A Validation” and more.
Overview page

DMS Expo Presentations

We have made the presentations from the PDF/A Forum at the DMS Expo 2007 available for downloading.
Overview Page

White Papers

“PDF/A – The Basics: A new standard for long-term archiving” by PDF Tools AG

Various Articles

  • DPC Technology Watch Series Report 08-02: PDF “Preserving the Data Explosion: Using PDF” by Betsy Fanning, Director of Standards for AIIM.
  • PDF “Recommended Practice – Analysis, Selection, and Implementation of Electronic Document Management Systems (EDMS)”. A Practice Peport, published by AIIM.

Tags: AIIM, APROGED, VOI, nestor
Categories: PDF/A