SAA Webinar "Using and Understanding PDF/A as a Preservation Format" at University of Chicago

  • 05 Sep 2013
  • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • 1100 East 57th Street


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About the Webinar

Proper preservation of electronic records includes the implementation of many different processes over time, but often one of the most important is the conversion of electronic records to long-term, or persistent, formats. For textual documents, one of the most promising formats for preservation is PDF/A, which was designed as a preservation format.

Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to:

  • Recognize the advantages and proper use of PDF/A as a preservation format;
  • Realize the limitations of PDF/A;
  • Identify the various versions of PDF/A and the ISO standards;
  • See processes for converting electronic documents to PDF/A; and,
  • Understand quality control procedures and general preservation management for PDFs.

Who Should Attend?

Archivists and others who must deal with the conversion of electronic records to long-term, or persistent, formats.

What Should You know?

Registrants should have a basic understanding of the portable document format.


Space is limited to 15 participants, so register quickly!

CAA members: $15

Non-members: $20 (You can easily become a member of CAA first to get the member rate.  Join CAA through the "Join Us" section of our website.)

On-site registration:

CAA members: $20

Non-members: $25

DAS Certification: For those webinar participants who wish to pursue DAS certification and take the online exam after the webinar, SAA will charge a separate exam fee of $35.


The Special Collections Research Center is located on the first floor of Regenstein Library: 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637. When you arrive, please tell the entrance attendant that you are with the Chicago Area Archivists and will be attending a webinar in the Special Collections Research Center. You may be asked to present a valid driver's license or other current identification with a photograph.

As you enter the library through the turnstiles, turn left. The front entrance to the Special Collections Research Center is just past the gallery on your left (JRL 130).

Parking Information: The closest parking garage to the library is located at Ellis Avenue and 55th Street.

Travel by Public Transit: We recommend the #6 Jackson Park Express bus from downtown. Get off the bus at E. 57th Street and S. Stony Island. The library will be a 13 minute walk straight down 57th Street from the bus stop. The next best option is the Metra Electric District Line. Please note that the CTA red line reconstruction does affect the Garfield station. If you prefer to take a CTA train to Hyde Park, the green line Cottage Grove station remains open.

Please Note!

Light refreshments will be served. We invite you to come early or stay late to enjoy our newest exhibit on Chicago souvenirs and memorabilia. If you would like dinner in Hyde Park following the webinar there are many tasty options nearby including Noodles, Etc., Medici, and the Nile. We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Chicago!


Contact host Ashley Locke at 773-702-0970 or

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This webinar is sponsored by the Chicago Area Archivists (CAA). CAA is offering a series of webinars from the Society of American Archivists’ Digital Archives Specialist curriculum.  The curriculum and certificate qualifications can be viewed by pointing your Web browser to

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