22 February 2024
Monique Zahn
Data management

Want to learn about file formats and interoperability? This asynchronous e-learning course can be completed online, at the desired pace and in the absence of an instructor.


In an era when data is being produced at unprecedented speed and in many different formats, data interoperability is key to sharing and archiving data.

In this 1-h course, you will learn why file format is essential to interoperability, the criteria that file formats must fulfill to be interoperable, common interoperable file formats and how to convert a file to an interoperable format.


This e-learning course is for students, postdocs, researchers, and data managers from any scientific environment (academia, facilities, companies, etc.) interested in file formats and interoperability.


At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand why file formats are an essential aspect of interoperability
  • Describe file formats which are interoperable

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the participants are expected to:

  • describe why file format interoperability is essential
  • list what criteria interoperable files must fulfill
  • recall which common file formats are interoperable
  • convert a file to a format which is interoperable


Knowledge / competencies




Time required

1 hour


  1. Open the module in a browser tab. As resources are constantly evolving, some of the images may not correspond to the current web site.
  2. Open a separate browser tab to carry out the exercises and be able to answer the quizzes.
  3. If you leave a module before the end, your score will be reset to 0.

MODULE 1 - Interoperable File Formats

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