SMB Validation

How can you make sure that e-records are still readable throughout the retention period (with focus on the formats)? Currently mostly proprietary formats are in use (e.g. in the lab area) and the possibility to read these formats in a few years is difficult (especially if the vendor is changed). Printing or converting into PDF or similar is only a partly solution. 'What would/could be a long-term solution here?

There are several possible solutions being considered for long-term data re-processability. They include data migration, data emulation and system 'Time Capsules". As of today, there are no set standards, or widely accepted procedures to ensure long-term data viability.