File-Formats for Preservation: Evaluating the Long-Term Stability of File-Formats
||Rauch, Carl; Krottmaier, Harald; Tochtermann, Klaus
||File-Formats for Preservation: Evaluating the Long-Term Stability of File-Formats
||ELPUB2007. Openness in Digital Publishing: Awareness, Discovery and Access - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Electronic Publishing held in Vienna, Austria 13-15 June 2007 / Edited by: Leslie Chan and Bob Martens. ISBN 978-3-85437-292-9, 2007, pp. 101-106
||While some file-formats become unreadable after short periods, others remain interpretable over a long-term. Among the over 1.000 file-formats, some are better and some are less suited for long-term preservation. A standardized process for evaluating the stability of a file-format is described in this paper and its practical use is shown with file-formats for 3D-objects. Recommendations to users of 3D-applications are given in the last section of this article. Some of the results are used in PROBADO, a sophisticated search engine for non-traditional objects (such as 3D-documents, music etc.).
||digital preservation; evaluation metric; file-formats
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