[Oa-italia] Fwd: Latest DPC Technology Watch Report - 'PDF should be used to preserve information for the future'.

Susanna Mornati mornati a cilea.it
Sab 26 Apr 2008 09:26:18 CEST

Si parla parecchio dei formati per i documenti nei repositories, 
sembra che la DPC abbia preso una decisione. Forse avremmo desiderato 
qualcosa di meglio ma per ora potrebbe essere un sospiro di sollievo 
per molti gestori di documenti da conservare.
Saluti a tutti, Susanna

>Date:    Thu, 24 Apr 2008 11:00:02 +0200
>From:    Carol Jackson <carol a dpconline.org>
>Subject: Latest DPC Technology Watch Report - 'PDF should be used to 
>preserve information for the future'.
>PDF should be used to preserve information for the future
>Good news the already popular PDF file format adopted by consumers 
>and business alike is one of the most logical formats to preserve 
>today's electronic information for tomorrow.
>According to the latest report released today by the Digital 
>Preservation Coalition (DPC), Portable Document Format (PDF) is one 
>of the best file formats to preserve electronic documents and ensure 
>their survival for the future.  This announcement will allow 
>information officers to follow a standardised approach for 
>preserving electronic documents.
>Information management and long-term preservation are major issues 
>facing consumers and businesses in the 21st Century.  This report is 
>one of a series where The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) aims 
>to think about and address the challenges facing us.
>This report reviews PDF and the newly introduced PDF/Archive (PDF/A) 
>format as a potential solution to the problem of long-term digital 
>preservation.  It suggests adopting PDF/A for archiving electronic 
>documents' as the standard will help preservation and retrieval in 
>the future.  It concludes that it can only be done when combined 
>with a comprehensive records management programme and formally 
>established records procedures.
>Betsy Fanning, author of the report and director of standards at 
>AIIM, comments, "A standardised approach to preserving electronic 
>documents would be a welcome development for organisations.  Without 
>this we could be walking blindly into a digital black hole."
>The National Archives works closely with the DPC with issues 
>surrounding digital preservation and will continue to do so. Adrian 
>Brown, head of digital preservation at The National Archives said: 
>"This report highlights the challenges we all face in a digital 
>age.  Using PDF/A as a standard will help information officers 
>ensure that key business data survives. But it should never be 
>viewed as the Holy Grail. It is merely a tool in the armoury of a 
>well thought out records management policy. "
>The report is a call to action, organisations need to act now and 
>look hard at their information policies and procedures to anticipate 
>the demand for their content (documents and records) in the future. 
>Everybody has different criteria, types and uses for documentation 
>so you need to find one that works for your organisation.
>If you would like to read the full report please go to the Digital 
>Preservation Coalition website.  This can be accessed here: 
>For further information about:
>*         The National Archives please contact, Tim Matthews, 
>tim.matthews a nationalarchives.gov.uk, or 020 8392 5277.
>*         Digital Preservation Coalition please contact Frances 
>Boyle, fb a dpconline.org or 01904 435 320
>About The Digital Preservation Coalition  (DPC)
>The Digital Preservation Coalition  (DPC) is a cross-sector member 
>organisation established in 2001 to foster joint action to address 
>the urgent challenges of securing the preservation of digital 
>resources in the UK and to work with others internationally
>For further information, see www.dpconline.org <http://www.dpconline.org/>
>Carol Jackson
>Administration and Events Manager
>Digital Preservation Coalition
>Innovation Centre
>York Science Park
>YO10 5DG
>e-mail: carol a dpconline.org
>tel: +44 (0) 1904 435 362
>https: www.dpconline.org=20

Susanna Mornati, CILEA
Project Leader AEPIC, www.aepic.it
+39 02 2699 5322, +39 348 7090 226,
mailto:mornati a cilea.it, skype: susanna.mornati

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