When you collect data, you will choose software to store and analyse your data. If you want to exchange data with others or if you want to use data at a later stage these proprietary formats may cause problems. Software versions also change, and if you’re colleagues don’t have a license for your chosen software, the files are useless to them. Data repositories give lists of recommended files formats that you should use when you want to publish data through them. These lists can help you select the best format for data exchange during your work. DANS and 3TU.Datacentrum – the datarepositories where Wageningen UR deposits some of its datasets have the following lists of preferred formats: – Preferred file formats for publishing data at DANS- Preferred formats for publishing data at 3TU.Datacentrum and the corresponding support levels. Source.