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Clin Neurophysiol. 2003 Sep;114(9):1755-61.

European data format 'plus' (EDF+), an EDF alike standard format for the exchange of physiological data.

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Leiden University Medical Centre, Department of Neurology, Leiden, The Netherlands.


The European data format (EDF) is a widely accepted standard for exchange of electroencephalogram and polysomnogram data between different equipment and labs. But it hardly accommodates other investigations. EDF+ is a more flexible but still simple format which is compatible to EDF except that an EDF+ file may contain interrupted recordings. Also, EDF+ supports time-stamped annotations for the storage of events such as text annotations, stimuli, averaged signals, electrocardiogram parameters, apnoeas and so on. When compared to EDF, EDF+ can not only store annotations but also electromyography, evoked potentials, electroneurography, electrocardiography and many more types of investigations. Further improvements over EDF include the use of standard electrode names. EDF+ is so much like EDF that existing EDF viewers still display the signals in EDF+ files. Software development is limited mainly to implementing the annotations. EDF+ offers a format for a wide range of neurophysiological investigations which can become a standard within a few years.

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