6.3.4 Data Tape Types and Formats Introduction  The following is an outline of some of the main data tape formats and tape automation systems that may be used for storing AV content in data form. Data tapes are only used in conjunction with other components of a DMSS. It is prudent to commence a section on comparison of the various data tape formats with a reminder that no carrier is permanent and that, all things being equal, they will only be viable as long as the data systems in which they are incorporated continue to support them.