[Duraspace] Examining Attributes of Open Standard File Formats for Long-term Preservation and Open Access | Park | Information Technology and Libraries

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Sat Jul 20 12:15:08 SAST 2013

This study examines the attributes that have been used to assess file
formats in literature and compiles the most frequently used attributes of
file formats in order to establish open standard file format selection
criteria.  A comprehensive review was undertaken to identify the current
knowledge regarding file format selection criteria. The findings indicate
that the most common criteria can be categorized into five major groups:
functionality, metadata, openness, interoperability and independence. These
attributes appear to be closely related. Additional attributes include
presentation, authenticity, adoption, protection, preservation, reference
and others.
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