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Comma-separated values (CSV) files are compatible with all types of spreadsheet and data management software and can also be read and edited in a text editor. CSV files store tabular data (numbers and text) in plain-text form.

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JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) is a text-based open standard designed for human-readable data interchange. It is derived from the JavaScript scripting language for representing simple data structures and associative arrays, called objects.

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This is a variety of JSON format that describes geographic properties in a standardised way. GeoJSON is becoming increasingly popular and is supported by a number of web mapping platforms.

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Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format used to represent documents in a manner independent of application software, hardware, and operating systems.

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KML (Keyhole Markup Language) is used to describe features on a map. The format is now available for anyone to use and is compatible with most freely available web mapping systems, including Bing Maps (Microsoft Ltd) and Google Maps.

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KML files that have been compressed using the zip method. The default name for the KML file in a KMZ file is doc.kml.

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The Rich Text Format (often abbreviated RTF) is a proprietary document file format with published specification developed by Microsoft Corporation since 1987 for Microsoft products and for cross-platform document interchange.

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Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a markup language that defines a set of rules for encoding documents in a format that is both human-readable and machine-readable.

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