Action Plan Service

format preservation treatment

An action plan is an xml document which specifies how the format will be treated in the short-term and in the longer-term, and when the plan will be reviewed. These treatments might include "forward migration" - converting the format to a newer version of the same format, e.g. PDF 1.2 to PDF 2.0. Or they might include "normalization" - converting the format to a different format that may be easier to preserve, e.g. PDF 1.4 to PDF/A. In all cases, the file in its original format and version, will be archived in addition to any migrated or normalized file formats.


DAITSS uses PRONOM format identification scheme to identify file format. For a list of recognized file formats, please visit PRONOM.


The following table can be sorted by clicking on the column header.


Action Plan Background Report Implementation Date Revision Date Last Review Next Review Confidence Level
Extensible Markup Language 1.0 Extensible Markup Language 1.0 2003.06.09 2012.08.01 2012.08.01 2016.08 High: includes XSD/XSL/XHTML, etc.; with included or accessible schema and character encoding explicitly specified
AIFF 1.3 AIFF 1.3 TBD 2012.08.01 2007.10.08 2009.10 High
TIFF TIFF 2005.12.01 2012.08.01 2009.06 2012.06 High: uncompressed, Medium: compressed, Low: in Planar format
Audio/Video Interleaved Format Audio/Video Interleaved Format 2005.09.06 2012.08.01 2008.01.07 2012.01 High: AVI uncompressed motion JPEG, Low: AVI (others)
Waveform Audio Waveform Audio 2005.12.01 2012.08.01 2012.08.01 2015.08 High: PCM, Low: compressed
Acrobat PDF 1.3 - Portable Document Format 1.3 Acrobat PDF 1.3 - Portable Document Format 1.3 2005.12.01 2012.08.01 2012.08.01 2014.08 Medium: embedded fonts, Low: encrypted
JPEG 2000 1.0 JPEG 2000 1.0 2005.11.07 2012.08.01 2008.01.07 2012.01 High: lossless, Medium: lossy
CSV CSV 2007.06.29 2012.08.01 2012.08.01 2017.08 High
TIFF 6.0 TIFF 6.0 2005.12.01 2012.08.01 2012.08 2015.08 High: uncompressed Medium: compressed Low: in Planar format
Quicktime Quicktime 2006.01.24 2012.08.01 2008.01.07 2012.01 High: uncompressed motion JPEG, Low: others
XMLDTD 1.0 XMLDTD 1.0 2003.07.22 2012.08.01 2012.08.01 2016.08 Medium
JPEG 1.02 JPEG 1.02 2005.12.01 2012.08.01 2012.08.01 2015.08 Medium
PRO PRO 2007.05.04 2012.08.01 2012.08.01 2017.08 Medium
Acrobat PDF 1.6 - Portable Document Format 1.6 Acrobat PDF 1.6 - Portable Document Format 1.6 2005.06.01 2012.08.01 2012.08.01 2014.08 Medium: embedded fonts, Low: encrypted
Acrobat PDF 1.7 - Portable Document Format 1.7 Acrobat PDF 1.7 - Portable Document Format 1.7 2008.03.31 2012.08.01 2012.08.01 2014.08 Medium: embedded fonts, Low: encrypted
AIFF-C 1.0 AIFF-C 1.0 TBD 2012.08.01 2007.10.08 2009.10 High: PCM, Low: compressed
ASCII ASCII 2003.03.19 2012.07.22 2012.08.01 2017.08 High: encoding: US-ASCII, UTF-8, UTF-16 with BOM; delimited text, Medium: ISO 885901 encoding
TIFF 5.0 TIFF 5.0 2005.12.01 2012.08.01 2012.08 2015.08 High: uncompressed, Medium: compressed, Low: in Planar format
JPX 1.0 JPX 1.0 2005.12.01 2012.08.01 2008.01.07 2012.01 Low
BIFF8 BIFF8 TBD 2012.08.01 2012.08.01 2016.08 Low
Acrobat PDF 1.5 - Portable Document Format 1.5 Acrobat PDF 1.5 - Portable Document Format 1.5 2005.06.01 2012.08.01 2012.08.01 2014.08 Medium: embedded fonts, Low: encrypted
Acrobat PDF 1.4 - Portable Document Format 1.4 Acrobat PDF 1.4 - Portable Document Format 1.4 2005.12.01 2012.08.01 2012.08.01 2014.08 Medium: embedded fonts, Low: encrypted
Acrobat PDF 1.2 - Portable Document Format 1.2 Acrobat PDF 1.2 - Portable Document Format 1.2 2005.12.01 2012.08.01 2012.08.01 2014.08 Medium: embedded fonts, Low: encrypted