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Machine readable

Machine-readable data is data (or metadata) which is in a format that can be understood by a computer.
There are two types; human-readable data that is marked up so that it can also be read by machines (examples; microformats, RDFa, HTML) or data file formats intended principally for processing by machines (RDF, XML, JSON).
Machine readable is not synonymous with digitally accessible. A digitally accessible document may be online, making it easier for a human to access it via a computer, but unless the relevant data is available in a machine readable format, it will be much harder to use the computer to extract, transform and process that data.[1]

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