ANSI/NIST-ITL Standard 2010 Workshop Archive
The standard was first published in 1986 and focused on the exchange of fingerprint information. It has been updated several times, with the latest being the 2007 and 2008 versions. They included updates to handle iris data, data conformant to other standards, and updates to facial and fingerprint data specifications. The two versions are character-separated (binary/traditional)  and NIEM-conformant XML .
This year, several substantial updates have been proposed to NIST-ITL by various organizations. Each will be addressed during the workshop. A DRAFT version of the standard and annexes, incorporating these changes are available below for your review prior to the meeting. Each change area is color coded throughout the text, using the colors that describe the change in the Introduction.
A major change is that the 2007 and 2008 versions are combined. In the main body of the document, the content of the records is described. Encoding directions are separated into annexes. Thus, the character-separated (binary/traditional) encoding rules are in one annex and the NIEM-conformant XML rules in another. This format allows for additional encodings to be added without proliferating the number of versions, and running the risk of one version being updated and others lagging in their revisions. A new encoding (short-tag) is introduced in this version. The tags correspond to the character-separated labels (typically 3 letters). This has particular use for applications with limited bandwidth (like mobile). A comparison of the two XML encodings for transmission of a fingerprint card are available here:
A modified draft is now available:
Note that the encoding descriptions are not part of the standard itself. Documents associated with the standard:
Additional files relating to the standard are available here:
Background and Briefing information:
You can send me comments and questions. (Biometrics-editor@NIST.Gov)