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Comma separated values (CSV) is

a common file format used to organize and structure tabular data where the data elements are separated by commas in the same way they would appear in separate cells in a table. The format is widely supported by consumer, business, and scientific applications. Among its most common uses is moving tabular data between programs that natively operate on incompatible formats.[1]

A comma separated values (CSV) file is

a computer data file used for implementing the tried and true organizational tool, the Comma Separated List. The CSV file is used for the digital storage of data structured in a table of lists form. Each line in the CSV file corresponds to a row in the table. Within a line, fields are separated by commas, and each field belongs to one table column.[2]

Overview Edit

CSV files are often used for moving tabular data between two different computer programs (like moving between a database program and a spreadsheet program).[3]

References Edit

  1. ARSC Guide to Audio Preservation, Glossary, App. B, at 224.
  2. Project Open Data, Glossary (full-text).
  3. Id.

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