As mentioned over here, I’m proposing shorter text for the nine census questions. Here’s the 6th suggestion.
Question 6: Is the data machine readable?
Files are digital, yes, but not all can be processed or parsed easily by a computer. In order to answer this question, you would need to look at the datasets file type. As a rule of thumb the following file types are machine readable:
If the files are in the following formats, the are NOT machine readable:
If you have a different file type and you don’t know if it’s machine readable or not, send an email to the Open Data Census list.
Data is machine readable if it is structured and can be automatically read and processed by a computer. Common machine readable file formats include CSV, XLS, JSON, XML, RDF, SHP.
The following file formats are NOT machine readable, HTML, PDF, DOC, GIF, JPEG, PPT.
I’ve dropped the email statement as we now have Support in the top menu that links to this forum.