Sustainability of Digital Formats: Planning for Library of Congress Collections

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Format Descriptions for Dataset Formats

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Formats for individual datasets, sets of data values in an organized structure intended for automated analysis. Out of scope are database management systems (DBMS) or specific DBMS applications. In scope are formats designed for exchange of data from one DBMS to another

The descriptions listed on this page provide information about file formats, file-format classes, bitstream structures and encodings, and the mechanisms used to compress files or bitstreams. Inclusion of a format does not imply that it is preferred or acceptable for Library of Congress collections. Conversely, omission of a format from the list does not imply that it is not preferred or acceptable. Descriptions will be drafted and added over time. Persons with specialized knowledge are encouraged to review and comment on the descriptions using this contact form.

Last Updated: 10/ 8/2021