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Research and Scholarship Repository

Institutional Repository for Texas State University

File Formats

The Research and Scholarship Repository accepts works in any digital format. Standard formats include: PDF, Word, PowerPoint, JPEG, WAV, CSV

To ensure long-term digital preservation and access, we encourage certain relatively stable formats. These formats exhibit all of many of the following characteristics: open documentation, support across a range of software platforms, wide adoption, no compression (or lossless compression), no embedded files or embedded programs/scripts, and non-proprietary format. The tables below list recommended file formats:

Textual Formats File Extensions
Acrobat PDF/A .pdf
Comma-Separated Values .csv
Open Office Formats .odt, .ods, .odp
Plain Texas (US-ASCII, UTF-8) .txt
XML .xml
Image/Graphic Formats File Extensions
JPEG                                         .jpg
PNG                                        .png
SVG 1.1 (no java binding) .svg
TIFF .tif, .tiff
Audio Formats File Extensions
AIFF                                           .aif, .aiff
WAVE .wav
Video Formats File Extensions
AVI (uncompressed)                  .avi
Motion JPEG2000 .mj2, .mjp2
QuickTime* .mov
Matroska .mkv

*recommended because of wide adoption

Digitization Lab

The University Libraries Digitization Lab is managed through our Digitization and Preservation Services Unit. If you have materials you are interested in submitting and need digitization, please contact us for more information: