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PDF/A considered harmful for digital preservation

  • Today, the Portable Document Format (PDF) is the prevalent le format for the exchange of xed content electronic documents for publication, research, and dissemination work in the academic and cultural heritage domains. erefore it is not surprising that PDF/A is perceived to be an archival format suitable for digital archiving work ows. is paper gives a rather short overview about the history and technical complexity of the format, its bene ts, shortcomings and potential pitfalls in the area of digital preservation with respect to aspects of accessibility and reusability of the information content of PDF/A. Several potential problems within the creation, preservation, and dissemination contexts are identi ed that may create problems for present and future content users. It also discusses some of the risks inherent to PDF/A for parts of the preservation community and suggests possible strategies to mitigate problems that might prevent future human or machine-based usability of the data and information stored within digital archives.
Author:Marco KlindtORCiD
Document Type:In Proceedings
Parent Title (English):Proceedings of iPres – 14th International Conference on Digital Preservation / Kyoto, Japan / September 25 – 29, 2017
Series:iPres Proceedings
Fulltext Url:https://ipres2017.jp/wp-content/uploads/15.pdf
Year of first publication:2017
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International
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