[ESIP-all] Fwd: [DIGLIB] Geospatial Format Descriptions Added to LC Format Sustainability Site

Kevin Ward kevin at eyeonclimate.com
Sat Dec 31 09:59:15 EST 2011

Looking at how LOC is attempting to collate and assess data formats in
GIS -- very relevant to ESIP discussions in our domain.

Happy New Year to you all!


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From: Lazorchak, William <wlaz at loc.gov>
Date: Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 7:13 AM
Subject: [DIGLIB] Geospatial Format Descriptions Added to LC Format
Sustainability Site
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The Library of Congress Office of Strategic Initiatives announces the
availability of 35 descriptions of digital geospatial formats and two
brief accompanying essays.  This information is a new segment of the
Library's Format Sustainability Web site
(http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/formats/).  This site provides
information about digital content formats, emphasizing the aspects and
features that are relevant for preservation planning.  At this
writing, the site provides information about 260 digital formats and
subformats in the seven categories of still image, sound, textual,
moving image, Web archive, datasets, and geospatial.  Many additional
formats remain to be described.

Starting with materials developed by the National Geospatial Digital
Archive (http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/partners/ngda/ngda.html),
Nancy Hoebelheinrich (Knowledge Motifs LLC) and Natalie Munn (Content
Innovations LLC) developed this new compilation of geospatial
information during 2010 and 2011.  The menu for the geospatial format
descriptions is here:
http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/formats/fdd/gis_fdd.shtml.  The
status is noted in each document: some are "full," some "partial," and
some "preliminary."  Meanwhile, the two brief essays are here:
and http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/formats/content/gis_intro.shtml.

Comments and suggestions are welcome:

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