The format of files created will influence how easily project outputs can be preserved. The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) technology watch article entitled File Formats for Preservation recommends you consider the following 5 criteria for choosing a file format:
- adoption: the extent to which use of a format is widespread
- technological dependencies: whether a format depends on other technologies
- disclosure: whether file format specifications are in the public domain
- transparency: how readily a file can be identified and its contents checked
- metadata support: whether metadata are provided within the format
Reusability, interoperability, robustness, complexity, viability, stability and intellectual property/digital rights protection may also be relevant.