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MEDIN data format categories

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URI http://vocab.nerc.ac.uk/collection/M01/current/
DescriptionTerms describing what types of data formats exist in a data set so a human can identify if the data is likely to be of use and select a tool to interrogate that data.
CreatorMEDIN Standards Group
Modified2016-06-02
Version Info3
Identifier M01
Register Manager British Oceanographic Data Centre
Register Owner MEDIN Standards Group
Members
Identifier PrefLabel Definition Date
ANAUD Analogue Audio Recordings of sound converted to an electrical signal which is stored continuously using a medium such as magnetic tape or vinyl. 2016-06-01
BIN Binary Any file format for digital data that are not encoded in a recognised standard character code such as ASCII. Binary files need bespoke APIs in order to be interrogated or manipulated and cannot be read using text viewers. 2016-04-01
DB Database Files that are used to store data in database applications such as Oracle or MS Access 2009-07-29
DEL Delimited File formats that are delimited by commas, tabs, semi colons that can be opened using software packages such as MS Excel 2009-07-29
DIGAUD Digital Audio Recordings of sound converted to an electrical signal the properties of which are determined as numbers at regular intervals and stored. 2016-06-01
DOC Documents Files that hold written information such as pdf, doc, 2009-07-29
GIS Geographic Information System Files that are geographic in scope and can be opened by MapInfo or ESRI 2009-07-29
KMX Google Earth and Oceans Files (e.g. kml, kmg) used to display data and images using Google applications Earth and Oceans. 2009-07-29
IMG Image Still image files such as jpeg, tiff, png that may be opened by applications such as PhotoShop 2009-07-29
MOV Movie Files that capture moving images such as avi, mpeg, mov, wmv 2009-07-29
NC Network Common Data Form Binary data files conforming to a set of conventions allowing them to be manipulated through the NetCDF API and tools built using that API 2009-07-29
ODV Ocean Data View Delimited files conforming to a set of conventions that allow them to be opened and interrogated using the OCEAN Data View application 2009-07-29
TXT Text or Plaintext Files encoded in a character convention, usually ASCII, that need to be handled with a generic text editor such as Vi or Notepad or bespoke software 2009-07-29