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PDF, or PDF/A: that is the question

ADS staff discussing the use of PDF and PDF/AThe Portable Document Format (PDF) remains the most popular and de facto format for the sharing of printable documents across the web. As such the PDF has become deeply embedded within personal, institutional and governmental workflows since its inception in 1993; indeed its pervasiveness is highlighted by the 100,000 or so PDFs within the ADS’ collections, making it by far our most common file type. As a result we thought it might be useful to provide some insight into the PDF, and its archival equivalent PDF/A, so that you can benefit from our (very!) long discussions and sleepless nights.
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Migrating Data: The Council for British Archaeology Research Reports

CBA research report front cover At the Archaeology Data Service we know that in order to keep files safe and accessible long into the future, we need to migrate or refresh them. This will create newer versions of the files to replace the old files which would one day be unreadable by modern software. To this end, we are currently working on one of the very first large collections that was entrusted to us back in the early days of the ADS. This collection is an archive of Council for British Archaeology (CBA) Research Reports. This run of reports dating back to 1955 were no longer in print so were scanned and given to us in digital form (as tif images and pdf files) to archive and make more widely available on-line. The collection in our care consists of over 100 reports which cover many different topics and themes within British Archaeology. This has remained one of our most popular and frequently accessed resources since we began making it available on-line in the year 2000.
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