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Formats for research data

You should submit multiple research data files combined within a single tar/zip file.

It is recommended that you choose ASCII-compatible file formats whenever possible.

In the case of software, you should always submit source code rather than compiled code because the latter may not be executable over time.

Databases should be submitted as SQL dump in order to allow for later use – possibly with a different database management system.

Whether created in a proprietary or in an open-source environment, data should be submitted in popular exchange formats, ideally xml-based, permitting further processing either in proprietary or in open-source environments.