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File Formats


Why are file formats important?

File formats govern one's ability to use and re-use data in the future.

Technology is constantly changing and as new formats emerge it is important that  accessibility of data be as important a consideration as proactively planning for hardware and software obsolescence.

Formats more likely to be accessible in the future are non-proprietary, open, documented standard commonly usage by research community, standard representation (ASCII, Unicode), unencrypted and uncompressed.

Comprehensive overview of File Formats - Working Level: ANDS Guide

Further Reading

This following resources will assist researchers, their support staff, data centre and repository staff working with file formats for data storage, transmission and sharing:


File Formats - Working Level: ANDS Guide

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