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US Forest Service
Attn: Dave Rugg
1 Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726–2366

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Using Our Formats

One objective of the archiving program is to minimize the effort required to maintain the data publication. In part, this means trying to avoid maintaining versions of the data in multiple formats or updating formats periodically. Another objective is to make the data and metadata as accessible as possible across computing platforms, again while minimizing the use of multiple file formats.

These objectives have led to the following initial choices for file formats within this archive:

  • Standard data sets
    • XML
    • TXT or CSV (comma-delimited text)
    • XLSX (Office Open XML)
  • Database files
    • XML
    • Queryable online database
  • GIS data
    • Arc file formats
  • Text documentation
  • Images
    • TIFF
    • JPG
  • Audio/video
    • Lossless codecs
  • Metadata
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