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file format

The structure of a computer file. There are hundreds of different formats for data (databases, text, images, video, etc.). Software files are in the format of the hardware they run in (x86, POWER, ARM, etc.) and the operating system it runs under (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.). Each format defines how the sequence of bits and bytes are laid out, with the text file being the simplest (see ASCII file). See native format, foreign format, graphics formats, record layout, codec examples and extension.
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According to BBC News, the UK National Archives, which holds 900 years of written material, has more than 580 terabytes of data--equal to 580,000 encyclopedias--in older file formats that are no longer commercially available, meaning all the information is not accessible.
I used ArcCatalog to create metadata; ArcIMS MetadataServer, ArcSDE, and SQL Server to publish and store all the metadata and geospatial vector data; and SpatialDirect and FME to access data from ArcSDE and convert ArcSDE data into more than thirty different file formats.
Supported file formats include Adobe PDF, Autodesk DWF, Bentley DBN, Microsoft Office and Project, SolidWorks eDrawings, and various media file formats.
DNG file format simplifies digital imaging workflows for professionals who juggle multiple file formats as they bring RAW images, from different cameras, into print and cross-media publishing projects.
3D in communicating data is due to the ability to include 2D drawings and other Microsoft Office file formats in a single file and email it easily around the world.
Keyhole 2 Pro offers advanced location data visualization of industry standard file formats, enhanced collaboration and expanded enterprise integration, among other improvements.
The data reacquisition model is a radical change from traditional backup and restore technologies built around linear storage devices--tape, CD, MO and DVD--that read data sequentially and utilize proprietary file formats, meaning that the backup data files must be restored to disk before they can be accessed by network users.
O'Reilly & Associates announces the release of its first Web product, the Encyclopedia of Graphics File Formats, 2nd Edition.
Consider the differences between the two major types of graphics file formats -- bitmapped and vector
It is our observation at MIT that in some cases the institution can suggest what file formats are desirable for archiving purposes (for example, use PDF rather than Microsoft Word), and in some cases the archive could convert the file on ingest from a less to a more desirable format (for example, from Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF into PDF/A, the archival profile of the PDF standard).