When we create a digital file the meaningful content or message we care about is encoded into a sequence of binary digits, formatted in a particular way.
In order to render the message as understandable information we rely on a combination of software and hardware to interpret the meaningful content and present it to us. The reliance on software and hardware to interpret digital files make it important to select an appropriate file format that is sustainable.
If you are creating digital images, audio or video, determining the fidelity (i.e. the quality) of your digital material is also important. Certain file formats commonly used for sharing or published on the web are of lower quality so that users do not experience the frustrations of waiting too long for files to be downloaded/streamed/presented to them. The Modern Records Centre prefers to archive the best quality file available in order to maintain a high quality source over the long-term.
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