Marine Geoscience Data System

MGDS Vocabulary: File Format Id

PH5IRIS PASSCAL format that improves upon the SEG-Y format
PDFPortable Document Format
EDFSippican MK21 Export Data File
ASCII:TSNLDEO Shotpoint Nav ASCII format
SHPShapefiles - A popular geospatial vector data format for geographic information systems software. The format is developed and regulated by ESRI as a (mostly) open specification for data interoperability among ESRI and other software products. Shapefiles spatially describe geometries: points, polylines, and polygons.
BMPImage file format, stands for BitMap
ASCII:ESRIESRI ASCII grid format. The first six lines indicate georeferencing information for the grid, followed by the values listed in the order they would naturally appear (left-right, top-down).
SACIRIS PASSCAL format used with Seismic Analysis Code (SAC) software
HDF5Hierarchical Data Format (HDF), version 5
CARISCaris HIPS-formatted file
DIPOLE1DFormat for controlled-source electromagnetic and magnetotelluric data
KEBKnudsen binary format.
MOVQuicktime Movie
PPTMicrosoft PowerPoint File
HMRGHawaii in-house BS (bathymetry/sidescan) binary file format developed over recent decades to handle data sets from the DSL-120, IMI30, MR1 and similar HMRG platforms.
MGDS:NavASCII navigation file format that includes date/time, longitude and latitude.
HTMLWebpage - Hypertext Transfer Protocol.
KMZGoogle Earth ASCII file format (kmz or kml) written in Keyhole Markup Language
CNVSeabird binary vendor format.
ASCIIText file format. Should contain a header describing contents of the file, including units.
TIFFTagged Image File Format
XTFeXtended Triton Format (XTF) is a Triton Imaging, Inc. file format for recording various types of hydrographic survey data.
GEOJPEGA georeferenced JPEG image
GEOTIFFA TIFF based interchange format for georeferenced raster imagery.
P1U.K.O.O.A. P1/90 exchange format for raw marine positioning data in common use in oil and gas industry.
ASCII:GXFGrid eXchange File - an ASCII grid format developed by GeoSoft and commonly used for gravity/magnetics studies
JSFEdgeTech raw sidescan, also MBSystem format 132.
SEGYOne of several standards developed by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists for storing geophysical data. Originally developed for storing single-line seismic digital data.
BinaryA file formatted using the binary numeral system, or base-2 number system, representing using two symbols, usually 0 and 1. Must be accompanied by a full description of the file format.
NetCDFNetwork Common Data Form
JPEGAn image file format, best suited for photographs, that can contain 16.7 million colors (24-bit color information), and cannot use transparency.
P2U.K.O.O.A. P2/94 exchange format for raw marine positioning data in common use in oil and gas industry.
JGOFSAn ASCII file format designed by the Joint Global Ocean Flux Study to store underway hydrographic, weather and ship state information.
GIFImage file format stands for Graphics Interchange Format
MGD77Marine Geophysical Data Exchange Format developed in 1977 - an ASCII file format for marine geophysical data (bathymetry, magnetics, and gravity).
NonLinLocStandard format for seismic velocity models and earthquake location catalogues
ASCII:MBSystemSVPMBSystem standard sound velocity profile text file format.
DTFHOBO Temperature Probe binary vendor format
SIO86Custom format from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) for eXpendable BathyThermograph data.
SEASOFTSea-Bird proprietary format. Conversion software available at website.
SDFledermaus 3D visualization file format. Files can be viewed with a free viewer available at
NetCDF:GMTThe standard GMT .grd file format for gridded data.
UHDASUniversity of Hawaii Data Acquisition System format for ADCP data
MATLABBinary MATLAB vendor format.
RDFGeoSwath Sonar Raw Data File
SEGDOne of several standards developed by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists for storing geophysical data.
BAGBathymetric Attributed Grid (BAG) is a file format designed to store and exchange bathymetric data.
PNGImage file format stands for Portable Network Format.
R2R:NavISO-compliant ASCII navigation file format comprising date/time, longitude and latitude. Standard navigation file format of the Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R) Program.
DOCMicrosoft Word Document
XLSMicrosoft Excel binary vendor file format. Can be accommodated, but ASCII files are preferred to ensure longevity of access to data files.
CSS3.0NNSA Core Table Database Schema CSS 3.0
SEEDStandard for the Exchange of Earthquake Data (SEED)
MBSystemMultibeam data formats from various manufacturers that can be read with the open source MBSystem package
RFFRaw data format from Kongsberg GeoSwath interferometric system, contains bathymetry and sidescan. Can be read with software packages such as Caris and SonarWiz.
XMLExtensible Markup Language
PSAdobe PostScript Format