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Multiplatform Standards and Guidelines Publishing at NIST



Kathryn Miller


The National Institute of Standards and Technology is a nonregulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. One of the agency's responsibilities is to develop industry standards and guidelines, which are published as NIST Technical Series publications. The NIST Technical Series publications are highly utilized by the Federal Government, academia, and industry practitioners. From 2018–2020, approximately 19,000 publications were downloaded 24,711,377 times. More than half of the downloads are NIST computer security publications, which include management, administrative, and technical standards and guidelines for securing (other than national security-related) federal information and information systems. They are also used widely in the private sector. However, most of these publications are only available as PDFs. In 2019, the NIST Research Library began a pilot to publish a sample of high impact computer security publications in multiple formats for accessibility, reusability, discoverability, and ability to store in repositories. NISO STS provides the structure needed to convert the Microsoft Word documents to XML. The XML is then used to create PDF, HTML, EPUB, and DAISY XML versions of the publications. Full transcript available at…


standards publishing, NIST Technical Series publications, accessible publishing, XML-based publishing, Multiplatform publishing


Miller, K. (2021), Multiplatform Standards and Guidelines Publishing at NIST, [online], (Accessed July 14, 2024)


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Created May 20, 2021, Updated November 29, 2022