A current challenge in the scientific, humanities and cultural heritage realm is the storage of and access to the increasing volume of digital datasets, paramount to advancing knowledge and assuring the future of research. The European Union has established a number of research infrastructures focused on addressing access and sustainability of digital data, while initiatives in the Unites States appear less integrated. The establishment of standardized digital protocols for storing and accessing scientific cultural heritage data is critical to ensuring interoperability between heritage institutions, and the preservation of international culture in libraries archives, and museums. The Preservation Research and Testing Division of the Library of Congress has moved forward with an initiative to standardize and make accessible, data from a range of scientific instrumentation, including related metadata files and assuring open access file formats.
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