Establishing a Global Digital Format Registry

  • Abrams S
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Abstract

Detailed knowledge of the internal properties of digital representation
formats is necessary to interpret properly the full information content
of otherwise opaque digital objects. These properties form an important
component of the representation information needed by repository
workfl ows regardless of local preservation strategy and infrastructure
decisions. The Digital Library Federation (DLF) has sponsored preliminary
investigations toward establishing a Global Digital Format Registry
(GDFR) that will function as a sustainable utility for maintaining
the bindings between public identifiers for digital formats and the
signifi cant syntactic and semantic properties of those formats.
A sustainable GDFR should prove to be of great utility to archives,
libraries, digital repositories, and other organizations and individuals
interested in the long-term viability of digital assets. (From the
article)

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