Maintaining the readability of data for the long term

Poster on file formats

To Act or Not to Act
To Act or Not to Act

Digital long-term archives recommend that their customers use a small selection of file formats. However, a format that is suitable for a particular purpose is no guarantee for the longevity of the individual file. For all current formats, every file is therefore checked to make sure it corresponds to the format specification and is valid.

A poster (external link) by ETH-Bibliothek’s Digital Curation team, which recently won the Best Poster Award at the 13th International Conference on Digital Preservation (iPRES 2016) (external link), provides a glimpse into the practical consequences of this analysis.