As you're at Bechtel Hanford, you may be interested in the DOE's
Profile of Adopted Standards, Chapter 6, Data Interchange Standards
(  It is
probably close to a "national specification" of standards, and refers
to many of the FIPS, which adopt ANSI and/or ISO standards, as well
as de facto standards for recording data in interchangeable forms.

There is a version 2000 also, which I believe is still in

Peter Lundell
Millican & Associates, Inc.
2699 Stirling Road, Suite C106
Fort Lauderdale, Florida  33312-6579
(954) 963-1771
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On  6 Dec 00 at 11:35, Montgomery, Linda M wrote:

I am posting this message to the list on behalf of someone who does
not have access to this list.

Please send your replies directly to Kline Welsch at
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Is there a "standard" format for saving nonpermanent electronic record
images denoted in any national specifications?  Does NARA have a
preferred format?  I am aware that ASCII is the preferred format by
NARA for permanent records, so I'm not interested to those.  I am also
aware that .pdf is gaining popularity as a working-copy standard, but
am hesitant to use it for long-term storage because of its proprietary

I'm sure someone out there in "listserv land" can answer this
question. Thanks, in advance, for helping Kline out.

Linda Montgomery, Records Coordinator
Bechtel Hanford, Inc.
Document & Information Services (DIS)
Richland, Washington  99352
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