May 25, 2022

Library of Congress and National Archives Join the PDF Association

From Library of Congress and the National Archives:

2017-07-13_17-58-25The Library of Congress and the National Archives today announced their agencies have joined the PDF Association, which promotes adoption of international standards for portable document format technology, as partner organizations. Both federal agencies collect, and produce, numerous documents as PDFs.

“The Library’s participation will foster enhanced relationships with industry, providing more opportunities for the Library to communicate its needs to the community that develops the software which content producers and publishers use for digital documents and more,” said Mark Sweeney, Associate Librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress.

“In our roles as both producers and custodians of PDF documents, the National Archives and the Library of Congress seek to engage with the PDF standards and vendor communities to advocate for the needs of cultural heritage communities in the vendor-neutral space offered by the PDF Association,” said Laurence Brewer, Chief Records Officer for the National Archives. “Working together with other PDF Association Partner Organizations , we gain the opportunity to influence the development of PDF specifications, tools and systems to meet the business needs of archiving and long-term access.”

Founded in 2006 as the PDF/A Competence Center, the PDF Association exists to promote the adoption and implementation of International Standards for PDF technology. Its mission is to promote open-standards-based electronic document implementations using PDF technology through education, expertise and shared experience for stakeholders worldwide. “We feel strongly that PDF Association members will learn from enhanced opportunities for dialog with Library of Congress and National Archives personnel, and in addition, that the two federal agencies will further their missions by way of enhanced access to technical experts throughout the PDF industry,” said Duff Johnson, PDF Association executive director.

The Portable Document Format, or PDF, family of standards is managed by International Standards Committee ISO/TC 171/SC 2. PDF includes subset formats appropriate for a variety of uses, including PDF/A, with characteristics appropriate for archival collections.

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