I was pleased the DCC news feed alerted me to a new publication by the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Alternative File Formats for Storing Master Images of Digitisation Projects. Particularly as on the KB publications page are also links to two other recent reports Evaluating File Formats for Long-term Preservation and Recommendations for the creation of PDF files for long-term preservation and access. These look like excellent resources for wrestling with the gnarly issue of file formats. It can be hard to find one’s way among the many reports and papers circulating on all aspects of DP – as I found out working on the SPeLOs report, at the busy intersection of E-learning and Digital Preservation. For file formats issues, at least, these very recent KB publications look like a good place to start. I only hope I get time soon to read them thoroughly.
It occurred to me that the blog is the perfect place to invite any passing readers to suggest other key readings, so if you know of any other recent, authoritative work in file formats, please leave a link in the comments box below.