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Guidelines for the Creation of Interoperable Software Identification (SWID) Tags



David A. Waltermire, Brant Cheikes, Larry Feldman, Gregory A. Witte


This report provides an overview of the capabilities and usage of software identification (SWID) tags as part of a comprehensive software lifecycle. As instantiated in the International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission 19770-2 standard, SWID tags support numerous applications for software asset management and information security management. This report introduces SWID tags in an operational context, provides guidelines for the creation of interoperable SWID tags, and highlights key usage scenarios for which SWID tags are applicable.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 8060
Report Number


software, software asset management, software identification (SWID), software identification tag


Waltermire, D. , Cheikes, B. , Feldman, L. and Witte, G. (2016), Guidelines for the Creation of Interoperable Software Identification (SWID) Tags, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 24, 2024)


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Created April 22, 2016, Updated November 10, 2018