Glossary for Geospatial Science

  Technical vocabulary defined by MicroImages

book Glossary

format:  The preparation of optical, floppy, or hard disk media; a tape cartridge; or other storage media with basic locational information so that the media can be used.  Some manufacturers provide preformatted media for their specific devices, such as hard drives.  Other generic media, such as floppy disks, are usually not formatted when purchased.  Some media, usually those with a serial recording format, such as open reel tape, are automatically formatted as they are used.