The veraPDF consortium has announced that it has successfully completed PREFORMA's prototyping phase, and has now been awarded the contract for the final six month testing phase.
veraPDF is an open-source industry-supported PDF/A validator supporting all parts and conformance levels of ISO 19005 (PDF/A). The project is led by the Open Preservation Foundation and the PDF Association. The software is available under a MPLv2+/GLPv3+ license.
The acceptance testing phase focuses on five key areas:
Phase 3 runs from February 1 - July 30, 2017. Users are strongly encouraged to report bugs or other concerns to the project’s GitHub issue tracker: https://github.com/veraPDF/veraPDF-library/issues.
veraPDF 1.0 was released in January 2017. Download the software:
Release notes may be found at: https://github.com/veraPDF/veraPDF-library/releases/latest
The PDF Association's PDF Validation Technical Working Group (TWG) continues to prepare a Technical Note highlighting the ambiguities uncovered during development of veraPDF, and their corresponding resolutions. The organisation plans to publish TechNote 0010 in Q1 of 2017.
User guides and documentation are available at: http://docs.verapdf.org/.
If you encounter problems, or wish to suggest improvements, please add them to the project’s GitHub issue tracker: https://github.com/veraPDF/veraPDF-library/issues, or contact us through our mailing list: http://lists.verapdf.org/listinfo/users.
To find out more about PREFORMA and its three conformance checkers, sign up for the PREFORMA Innovation workshop. The aim of the workshop is to highlight the importance of standardisation and file format validation for the long term preservation of digital cultural content, and the business models that can be built around them. Registration closes 3 March.
The veraPDF consortium is funded by the PREFORMA project. PREFORMA (PREservation FORMAts for culture information/e-archives) is a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project co-funded by the European Commission under its FP7-ICT Programme.
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