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Data formats DANS

Overview most frequent file formats in DANS collections

 

Social sciences

•    SPSS (most frequent)

•    SPSS Portable (=archival format)

•    ASCII (incidentally)

•    PDF (questionnaire)


Average size social science dataset: 2,5 MB (estimate)

 

Archaeology

Databases:

•    dBase

•    Access

•    Foxpro

•    Clarion

•    Paradox

•    Filemaker Pro

 

Spreadsheets:

•    Excel

•    Lotus 1-2-3

•    Quattro Pro

 

Statististical:

•    SPSS

•    SAS

•    STATA

 

Cartographical:

 Vector drawings:

•    AutoCAD

•    SVG

 

GIS (vector; with tables!)

•    ArcView

•    ArcGIS

•    MapInfo

•    GML

 

GIS (raster)

•    Grass

•    Indrisi

•    Surfer

•    Mapinfo Grid (Vertical Mapper)

 

Image material:

•    Tiff

•    Gif

•    Jpeg

•    Etc.

 

Material with layout (maps):

•    CorelDraw

•    Illustrator

•    Freehand

 

Miscellaneous:

•    VRML (Virtual reality)

•    WAV, MP3, MPEG, AVI  (audio and video)

•    Tilia, Grappa (custom software)


The size of archeological datasets varies greatly, from tens of MBs to several GBs (image collections)

 

History

Archival format:

•    ASCII fixed format of comma separated value (and code books)

 

Databases:

•    Access (most frequent)

•    dBase III+

•    dBase IV

•    Filemaker Pro

•    DataPerfect

 

Spreadsheets:

•    Excel (most frequent)

•    Lotus 1-2-3

•    Quattro Pro

 

Statistical:

•    SPSS

•    SPSS-X

•    SAS

 

Image material:

•    Tiff

•    Gif

•    Jpeg

 

Material with layout (maps):

•    CorelDraw


The size of historical datasets varies greatly, from minute databases of several tens of KBs to several GBs (image collections)

 

 (Marjan Balkestein, 2007-06-12)