As technology changes, so too do the ways researchers can access and utilize data. This includes ever changing file formats for proprietary software. To increase the longevity of your data, it is recommended to use file formats that are likely to remain accessible for the foreseeable future.
Obsolescence-resistant file formats are typically:
Examples of these formats are:
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