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The workflow begins with creation of a corpus of test files which is constructed using the UK Web Archive search interface (for example see [https://www.webarchive.org.uk/shine/search?query=content_type:%22application/pdf%22%20content_type_version:%221b%22 this]). The result is a list of URLs. These are fetched with Wget to create a large test corpus of predominantly PDF/A files. VeraPDF is then used to validate and extract metadata for each file. XMLstarlet is applied to extract fields of interest from the resulting XML creating a CSV. The CSV is then imported to Excel for analysis.
 
The workflow begins with creation of a corpus of test files which is constructed using the UK Web Archive search interface (for example see [https://www.webarchive.org.uk/shine/search?query=content_type:%22application/pdf%22%20content_type_version:%221b%22 this]). The result is a list of URLs. These are fetched with Wget to create a large test corpus of predominantly PDF/A files. VeraPDF is then used to validate and extract metadata for each file. XMLstarlet is applied to extract fields of interest from the resulting XML creating a CSV. The CSV is then imported to Excel for analysis.
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==List of Tools==
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*UKWA search interface
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*[[GNU_Wget]]
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*[[veraPDF]]
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*XMLstarlet
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*Excel
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==Organisation==
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[http://dpconline.org/ Digital Preservation Coalition]
  
 
==Purpose, context and content==
 
==Purpose, context and content==
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The workflow was useful in that it helped to identify a number of bugs in veraPDF that have since been fixed. The workflow as is provides a very basic method of investigating PDF files, perhaps where some troubleshooting is required.
 
The workflow was useful in that it helped to identify a number of bugs in veraPDF that have since been fixed. The workflow as is provides a very basic method of investigating PDF files, perhaps where some troubleshooting is required.
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==Evaluation/Review==
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[[User:Prwheatley|Prwheatley]] ([[User talk:Prwheatley|talk]]) 11:51, 8 February 2017 (UTC)
 
[[User:Prwheatley|Prwheatley]] ([[User talk:Prwheatley|talk]]) 11:51, 8 February 2017 (UTC)

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Workflow description

  • UKWA search interface (create URL list of PDF/A files in UKWA) ->
  • GNU_Wget (download files from IA, to create the test corpus) ->
  • veraPDF (validates and extracts metadata from test corpus) ->
  • XMLstarlet (process XML, extract useful fields into a CSV) ->
  • Excel (view and analyse results in spreadsheet form)

The workflow begins with creation of a corpus of test files which is constructed using the UK Web Archive search interface (for example see this). The result is a list of URLs. These are fetched with Wget to create a large test corpus of predominantly PDF/A files. VeraPDF is then used to validate and extract metadata for each file. XMLstarlet is applied to extract fields of interest from the resulting XML creating a CSV. The CSV is then imported to Excel for analysis.

List of Tools

Organisation

Digital Preservation Coalition

Purpose, context and content

This is a basic workflow for ad-hoc investigation of a set of PDF/A files. This is a very simple, manual, workflow that was used for testing purposes as part of the development of veraPDF, and is described further in this blog post: http://dpconline.org/blog/pdf-eh-redux-putting-verapdf-into-practice

Evaluation/Review

The workflow was useful in that it helped to identify a number of bugs in veraPDF that have since been fixed. The workflow as is provides a very basic method of investigating PDF files, perhaps where some troubleshooting is required.

Evaluation/Review

Prwheatley (talk) 11:51, 8 February 2017 (UTC)