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This page provides an overview of 59 articles related to 'file format', listing most recently updated content first. Note that filters may be applied to display a sub-set of articles in this category (see FAQs on filtering for usage tips). Select this link to remove all filters.

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A file format is a particular way that information is encoded for storage in a computer file. Since a disk drive, or indeed any computer storage, can store only bits, the computer must have some way of converting information to 0s and 1s and vice-versa. There are different kinds of formats for different kinds of information. Within any format type, e.g., word processor documents, there will typically be several different formats. Sometimes these formats compete with each other. File formats are divided into proprietary and open formats. (Excerpt from Wikipedia article: File format)

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Metadata related to 'file format' (as derived from all content tagged with this term):

  • Number of articles referring to 'file format': 59 (3.4% of published articles)
  • Total references to 'file format' across all Ariadne articles: 110
  • Average number of references to 'file format' per Ariadne article: 1.86
  • Earliest Ariadne article referring to 'file format': 1996-09
  • Trending factor of 'file format': 0 (see FAQs on monitoring of trends)

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Top authors

Ariadne contributors most frequently referring to 'file format':

  1. david tarrant (see articles on this topic by this author)
  2. steve hitchcock (see articles on this topic by this author)
  3. brian kelly (see articles on this topic by this author)
  4. nick ruest (see articles on this topic by this author)
  5. emma tonkin (see articles on this topic by this author)

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Digital Preservation Planning: Principles, Examples and the Future With Planets

Frances Boyle and Jane Humphreys report on the one-day workshop on digital preservation planning jointly organised by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and Planets held at the British Library, on Tuesday 29 July 2008.

October 2008, issue57, event report

iPRES 2008

Frances Boyle and Adam Farquhar report on the two-day international conference which was the fifth in the series on digital preservation of digital objects held at the British Library, on 29 - 30 September 2008.

October 2008, issue57, event report

Assessing FRBR in Dublin Core Application Profiles

Talat Chaudhri makes a detailed assessment of the FRBR structure of the Dublin Core Application Profiles funded by JISC.

January 2009, issue58, feature article

E-Curator: A 3D Web-based Archive for Conservators and Curators

Mona Hess, Graeme Were, Ian Brown, Sally MacDonald, Stuart Robson and Francesca Simon Millar describe a project which combines 3D colour laser scanning and e-Science technologies for capturing and sharing very large 3D scans and datasets about museum artefacts in a secure computing environment.

July 2009, issue60, feature article

Missing Links: The Enduring Web

Alexandra Eveleigh reports on a workshop on Web archiving, organised by the DPC, JISC and UKWAC at the British Library on 21 July 2009.

July 2009, issue60, event report

Learning to YODL: Building York's Digital Library

Peri Stracchino and Yankui Feng describe a year's progress in building the digital library infrastructure outlined by Julie Allinson and Elizabeth Harbord in their article last issue.

October 2009, issue61, feature article

eBooks: Tipping or Vanishing Point?

Emma Tonkin investigates ebooks and takes a look at recent technological and business developments in this area.

January 2010, issue62, feature article

A Pragmatic Approach to Preferred File Formats for Acquisition

Dave Thompson sets out the pragmatic approach to preferred file formats for long-term preservation used at the Wellcome Library.

April 2010, issue63, feature article

Volcanic Eruptions Fail to Thwart Digital Preservation - the Planets Way

Matthew Barr, Amir Bernstein, Clive Billenness and Manfred Thaller report on the final Planets training event Digital Preservation - The Planets Way held in Rome over 19 - 21 April 2010.

April 2010, issue63, event report

Retooling Libraries for the Data Challenge

Dorothea Salo examines how library systems and procedures need to change to accommodate research data.

July 2010, issue64, feature article

Data Services for the Sciences: A Needs Assessment

Brian Westra describes a data services needs assessment for science research staff at the University of Oregon.

July 2010, issue64, feature article

From Passive to Active Preservation of Electronic Records

Heather Briston and Karen Estlund provide a narrative of the process adopted by the University of Oregon in order to integrate electronic records management into its staff's workflow.

October 2010, issue65, feature article

Repository Fringe 2010

Martin Donnelly (and friends) report on the Repository Fringe "unconference" held at the National e-Science Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, over 2-3 September 2010.

October 2010, issue65, event report

Editorial Introduction to Issue 66: Sanity Check

Richard Waller introduces Ariadne issue 66.

January 2011, issue66, editorial

Characterising and Preserving Digital Repositories: File Format Profiles

Steve Hitchcock and David Tarrant show how file format profiles, the starting point for preservation plans and actions, can also be used to reveal the fingerprints of emerging types of institutional repositories.

January 2011, issue66, feature article

Book Review: Preparing Collections for Digitization

Michael Day reviews a recently published book on the selection and preparation of archive and library collections for digitisation.

July 2011, issue67, review

Peculiarities of Digitising Materials from the Collections of the National Academy of Sciences, Armenia

Alan Hopkinson and Tigran Zargaryan give an overview of their experience of digitising paper-based materials in the Fundamental Scientific Library of the National Academy of Sciences, Armenia including some of the obstacles encountered during image processing and optical character recognition.

March 2012, issue68, feature article

JISC Research Information Management: CERIF Workshop

Rosemary Russell reports on a two-day workshop on research information management and CERIF held in Bristol over 27-28 June 2012.

July 2012, issue69, event report

CURATEcamp iPres 2012

Mark Jordan, Courtney Mumma, Nick Ruest and the participants of CURATEcamp iPres 2012 report on this unconference for digital curation practitioners and researchers, held on 2 October 2012 in Toronto.

November 2012, issue70, event report

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