[R] Archive format

Thierry Onkelinx thierry.onkelinx at inbo.be
Wed Mar 29 17:00:44 CEST 2017

Dear Joe,

I'd choose a plain text format. They can be read and parsed with a
very wide range of software. That is IMHO a much more important factor
for long term archivation that file size or the ease to read it with
specific software.

The choice between tab-delimited, comma separated values, XML, JSON,
... will depend upon the data (and the metadata).

Best regards,

ir. Thierry Onkelinx
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2017-03-29 10:44 GMT+02:00 Joe Gain <joe.gain op uni-konstanz.de>:
> Hello,
> we are collecting information on the subject of research data management in
> German on the webplatform:
> www.forschungsdaten.info
> One of the topics, which we are writing about, is how to *archive* data.
> Unfortunately, none of us in the project is an expert with respect to R and
> so I would like to ask the list, what they recommend? A related question is
> to do with the sharing of data. We have already asked some academics, who
> have basically replied that they don't really know other than to strongly
> recommend a plain text format.
> We would also like to know, if members of the list recommend converting
> formats from commercial software such as S-Plus, Terr, SPSS etc. to an
> R-compatible format for long term archivation? Are there any general rules
> and best practices, when it comes to archiving (and sharing) statistical
> data and statistical programs?
> Any comments would be much appreciated!
> Joe
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