Data format

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Generally speaking, a data format is a serialization of a data structure. Often, "data format" refers to a text-based file format, but sometimes, can refer to a set of indexed data files such as a database. It may also refer to a serialization as part of a wikipedia:wire protocol.

There are many data formats that are key for interoperability for a good interoperable PIM/CRM/wiki/notetaking system/task management system. There are the pieces that the obvious components (because many systems support them already):