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Library of Congress
Sustainability of Digital Formats. Planning for Library of Congress Collections
Sustainability of Digital Formats: Planning for Library of Congress Collections
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Sustainability of Digital Formats
Planning for Library of Congress Collections
Introduction | Sustainability Factors | Content Categories | Format Descriptions | Contact
The Digital Formats Web site provides information about digital content formats. The
analyses and resources presented here will increase and be updated over time. The
compilers, Caroline R. Arms, Carl Fleischhauer, and Jimi Jones invite feedback on the
Background information and
overview: What is a format? How
shall we evaluate formats? What
projects in other organizations are
addressing these questions?
Overview | Formats, Evaluation Factors, and
Relationships | Papers and Presentations | Related
Sustainability Factors
What affects the ability of the Library
to preserve content in a given
format? These sustainability factors
apply to all formats.
Disclosure | Adoption | Transparency | Self-
documentation | External Dependencies | Impact of
Patents | Technical Protection Mechanisms
Content Categories
The evaluation of formats must take
into account quality and functionality.
These factors vary according to the
type of content under consideration
and the categories will be expanded
as time passes.
Note that descriptions also exist for
Generic Formats.
Still Image | Sound | Textual | Moving Image | Web
Archive | Datasets
Format Descriptions
Documents with more information
about specific formats.
Browse categories | Browse alphabetical list
Last updated 01/31/2011
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