PDF/A – TOWARDS A TRUE DIGITAL ARCHIVAL SURROGATE (DAS) FOR DIGITAL MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS

Rodney Obien, Jeffrey Monseau

Abstract

Digital surrogates provide a non-invasive means to study old manuscript documents that are often too fragile and valuable for wide public access. These surrogates are generated from web-accessible derivatives made from high-resolution archival masters; these masters serve as long-term digital preservation copies. What if there was a file format that combined the functions of digital surrogate, web-accessible derivate, and archival master? This paper considers the notion of the archival file format PDF/A (ISO: 19005-1) as digital archival surrogate or DAS that combines the functions of surrogate, derivative, and master. The paper discusses, furthermore, the versatility of PDF/A in dealing with the complex nature of old manuscripts, and the possible implications of adapting PDF/A as a DAS standard.

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in Harvard Style

Obien R. and Monseau J. (2010). PDF/A – TOWARDS A TRUE DIGITAL ARCHIVAL SURROGATE (DAS) FOR DIGITAL MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS . In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technology - Volume 2: WEBIST, ISBN 978-989-674-025-2, pages 234-239. DOI: 10.5220/0002843702340239


in Bibtex Style

@conference{webist10,
author={Rodney Obien and Jeffrey Monseau},
title={PDF/A – TOWARDS A TRUE DIGITAL ARCHIVAL SURROGATE (DAS) FOR DIGITAL MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technology - Volume 2: WEBIST,},
year={2010},
pages={234-239},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0002843702340239},
isbn={978-989-674-025-2},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technology - Volume 2: WEBIST,
TI - PDF/A – TOWARDS A TRUE DIGITAL ARCHIVAL SURROGATE (DAS) FOR DIGITAL MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS
SN - 978-989-674-025-2
AU - Obien R.
AU - Monseau J.
PY - 2010
SP - 234
EP - 239
DO - 10.5220/0002843702340239