Social Security Administration

electronic images

The US government and SSA in particular maintain the largest repository of electronic documents. These documents, for the most part, are stored in a TIFF format. By changing to the PDF format both storage space and bandwidth to transport the images over the network would be reduced. In addition, the PDF format allows for greater use since data within a PDF is searchable. The converse is not true for the TIFFs.

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