A software developer has introduced PDF Appraiser, the first program to support both validation and automatic correction of documents in accordance with PDF/A, the new international standard for long-term archiving of digital documents. PDF/A is the much-anticipated standard for long-term archiving of digital documents, and it is expected to become the preferred archival method for governments and industry segments, including corporations, legal, libraries, regulated industries, and others. The vendor is offering PDF/A validation capabilities at no cost. This allows users can easily check documents for PDF/A compliance. The full version is required to correct any problems within the file. http://www.apagoinc.com/pdfappraiser
The End User: From France, video for all. Victoria Shannon. International Herald Tribune. May 17, 2006.
The French national audiovisual institute, which has been digitizing its film and audio collection, and has created the "Archives Pour Tous" - archives for all. About 80% of the archive, which contains thousands of hours of radio and television recordings, is on the Internet for free. It contains historic footage of Charles de Gaulle, Marc Chagall, and many others. The site is receiving about five million visits a day. "To us at INA, preserving archives would be pointless if that was to keep them only for a 'happy few.' It is INA's mission to communicate and make this vast wealth of archive images as widely accessible as possible using the latest digital technology, yet preserving them as the nation's heritage for future generations."
IBM researchers extend magnetic tape density. Sharon Fisher. Computerworld. May 16, 2006.
IBM and FujiFilm announced a new technology that could hold as much as 8TB of uncompressed storage in the future. With the new technology, their tape library would be able to hold 48 petabytes. There was no availability date, but it is projected to be a few years away. The intent is to show users that tape has a long life ahead. It is cheaper than disk storage, and provides other options. A 1TB tape cartridge should be available next year.
Micron Technology Inc. has made an 8-Mpixel image sensor in a 1/2.5 inch optical format suitable for digital still cameras and mobile phones. The sensor can capture images that can be displayed at 11-inch by 14-inch size and is capable of taking 10 full resolution pictures per second. The sensor can also take 2-Mpixel images at 30 pictures per second for capturing video at 30 frames per second.