The DJUTILS DATA project contains packages for managing, writing and reading tabular structured data. Data can be written and read in several formats:

  • CSV (comma-separated values)
  • TSV (tab-separated values)
  • JSON (JavaScript Object Notation)
  • XML (Extensible Markup Language)

This could be extended with storage in various databases, etc.

No matter what storage is used, the stored data is accompanied by some meta-data that describes the data in each column. This meta-data is needed to reconstruct the tabular structed data when reading. For CSV and TSV data, the meta-data is stored in a separate file, for JSON and XML, the meta-data is stored in the same file.

When in-memory, the data can be read and written using the functions defined in the java Interface. It is not possible to delete a particular records. Of course, an entire in-memory table can be deleted by dropping all references to it (and letting the garbage collector do its work). A table on disk can be deleted by deleting the file(s).

Maven use

Maven is one of the easiest ways to include DJUTILS-DATA in a Java project. The Maven files for reside at When a POM-file is created for the project, the following snippet needs to be included to include DJUTILS-DATA:

    ... other dependencies go here ...

Of course, the version number (1.04.12 in the above example) needs to be replaced with the version that one wants to include in the project.

Right now, the DJUTILS-DATA files are kept on a server at TU Delft, and are not yet made available on Maven Central. Therefore, the repository location has to be specified separately in the Maven POM-file:

    <name>djutils Public Repository</name>
    ... other repositories go here ...