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Recommendation for Interstate Criminal History Transmission Specification



Michael D. Garris


This report contains technical comments and recommendations regarding the ¿Interstate Criminal History Transmission Specification ¿ XML Version 2.01¿ published June 2001. This specification was written by a national task force, the Joint Task Force on Rap Sheet Standardization (JTF), composed of members representing federal, state, and local criminal justice agencies. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) presented the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with of copy of the JTF¿s specification and requested an independent review and comment. Upon technical review, NIST determined that the JTF¿s published XML schema was out of date with current standards. It was also observed that the published schema was developed using a single validating parser. NIST discovered that the same schema failed to work when used by a different parser written to the same schema standards. From these discoveries, NIST set out to revise the JTF¿s published schema, rap sheet, and stylesheet in an effort to bring them up to current standards and demonstrate their interoperability with a variety of tools. NIST was successful in achieving these objectives, and revised files are provided in the appendices. This report describes the technical issues raised and the solutions implemented in the process of achieving these objectives.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6820
Report Number


biometrics, XML schema, biometrics


Garris, M. (2001), Recommendation for Interstate Criminal History Transmission Specification, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 15, 2024)


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Created November 1, 2001, Updated November 10, 2018