PDF and data: collecting case studies
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Collecting case studies for how PDFs can work better with data
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In support of the W3C Community on PDFs and Open Data -- https://www.w3.org/community/pdf-open-data/
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Link to this spreadsheet
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bwLQSU0ewUbfleWvtrS1xJrGMDb4d5Ky0ITEV04LHB4/edit?usp=sharing
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Use-cases where documents could help
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I am aI use PDFs forI would like PDFs to work better with data byThis would let meI need the following people to help meMy system (proposed or current) uses the following features of PDFCase study URL
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ScientistStoring my papersHaving supplemantary files attached to them, having metadata embedded in them, containing annotation and notes from me and my research group.Have a single PDF file for everything, instead of a confusion of linked files and non-standard reference manager databases.Scientific publishers and authors of reference managers.XMP for metadata, Attachments for files, Annotations.
http://tomforth.co.uk/scienceandpdfs/
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Town plannerStoring documents generated by required consultations and planning processes.Including the data that we are using to make decisions and including the data that citizens are using to respond to our consultationsInclude data within the existing planning process, making it more informed by the realities on the ground and by citizen opinions based on this. PDFs are important because they are required within our current workflow.The authors of our current planning management portalsAttachments for files.
http://tomforth.co.uk/pdfforplanners/
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Accountant or small businessInvoicingHaving data files eInvoicing embedded in them, so that human-readable invoices can also be machine-readableAchieve greatly increased adoption of eInvoicing by mixing machine-readable and human-readable content through structured content.Other eInvoicing platforms continue to mark-up their eInvoice PDFs properly.Structured content within PDFs.
https://www.cloudtradenetwork.com/
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Bank or utility companySending out statements or bills.Containing data files corresponding to the content of the statesments and bills.Meet users' needs for printable documents (for records, and identification purposes) and machine-readable data (to comply with data-portability requirements of GDPR etc...) in a single document.I could this myselfAttachments for files, or structured content within PDFs.
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App developerCreating reports of my app progressLetting me embed the data that powers my reports.Both deliver a user-readable update on how my app is being used.I have used PDFAttacher to add data to my existing PDFsAttachments for files.
https://datamillnorth.org/dataset/leeds-bins-app-record-of-lookups
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Use-cases where documents shouldn't play a role.
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I am aI use PDFs forI should do this instead.
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Government officialPrinting spreadsheets to, for release on open data portals or in reponse to FOIs.Release the spreadsheet. (as a CSV, XLSX, or similar)
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