Two posts in one day!
That Library Journal article led to a number of interesting links (you’ll notice I’ve added Karen Coyle’s blog to my blogroll), and eventually I came upon this article by Chris Rusbridge on file format registries.
GDFR was originally supposed to be a distributed registry without a central site, but that idea collapsed under the weight of its complexity before GDFR itself ran out of steam. UDFR is trying to do something similar. I wonder if the best solution to the problem of format coverage would be a moderated wiki that didn’t require new, complicated software underpinnings.