RE: Use machine-readable standardized data formats / Use non-proprietary data formats

One should have at least the following variants of the resource:

- Original     : foo.wp  - WordPerfect 3.0 ~1982, perhaps still processable
- Content      : foo.txt - textual, hopefully processable in 100 years
- Presentation : foo.tif - TIFF ~1986, perhaps still viewable, might be

  -     - negotiate and give me the best
  -  - I can still process WP
  - - I want to process the text, no presentation
  - - I really want to see how the doc looks


> Perhaps the way we can formulate this is to say that some document
> formats (such as PDF, .doc / .docx and even .xls / .xlsx ) are
> concerned with presentation of information in a particular format or
> layout and therefore carry a significant amount of typesetting /
> formatting information overhead in addition to the underlying data.
> Furthermore, at the time those document-centric formats were
> developed, ease of access to the underlying data and the unambiguous
> meaning of specific data fields might not have been the main priority
> in their design.
> When the main priority is to ensure that the underlying data is
> available on the web so that others can re-use it, we recommend using
> simpler data formats such as CSV, TSV, JSON (or better still JSON-LD),
> RDF or XML.

Received on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 14:29:11 UTC