Does there exist a de facto standard data (file) format, or even several common formats, for representing information about radio stations, channels, and/or bands? I am writing software which would like to be able to make use of such data sets where they exist.
To clarify the sort of data sets I care about, the minimum information such a file would need to contain is a list of frequencies; useful associated information would be name or callsign, mode/protocol, and geographic coordinates. An example of a data set I would like to be able to obtain and process would be a list of amateur radio repeaters for a given location.
My research so far has found data sets provided in the following forms:
- Not-completely-regular HTML tables on web pages (e.g. ARRL Band Plan)
- Columnar text files of no standard layout
- CSV files used by CHIRP, a tool for configuring radios
This last has been somewhat useful, in that it is relatively well-defined and the first two can often be semi-automatically converted into CSV files, but I would like to know if there is something common that I simply haven't learned the right terminology to find or recognize.