Recommended File Formats
To maximize the ability to share, preserve and re-use digital files, you will want to carefully consider the file format you use for your data. Careful selection of a file format can also help you down the road by limiting the chances of your data becoming obsolete when a proprietary format is no longer supported.
In general, UW Libraries encourages you to use file formats that are:
- Open format (or free file formats--well-documented);
- commonly used within your field or discipline;
- have a standard encoding (ASCII, Unicode);
- and are not otherwise encrypted or compressed.