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IDSP Seeks Assistance to Develop Identity Standards Database

New York, May 08, 2008

In its April 2008 Phase 2 Brief, the Identity Theft Prevention and Identity Management Standards Panel (IDSP) recognizes the desirability of establishing a searchable database of identity related standards. In an effort to achieve this milestone, IDSP is seeking assistance from interested private and public sector entities to develop the Identity Standards Database (IDSD). [see related article]

The proposed IDSD will enable users to find standards that have been identified and classified as relevant to identity theft protection and identity management. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), administrator of the IDSP, will use the NSSN search engine for standards to host the database. Users will be offered three methods of searching for standards:

  • a browsing interface that allows users to find standards classified as belonging to one or more categories;
  • a simple search using a document number or a key word; and
  • an advanced search that offers more control and filtering options.

IDSP will manage the development of an appropriate classification scheme for IDSD, which will guide the database administrator in classifying each standard into one or more predefined categories. Users will be able to search or browse metadata stored in the database using a browser-based graphical user interface.

In addition, IDSD will include an alerting module that allows users to set up alerts for categories of interest. Users will be notified when a standard is added to their specified category, or when an existing standard is revised. The database will also offer features such as links to other online resources and news provided by RSS feeds.

ANSI currently administers two comparable databases: the Homeland Security Standards Database and the Hydrogen Codes and Standards Portal.

Development costs for IDSD are budgeted at $60,000. Annual maintenance costs are projected to be an additional $60,000. If your organization is interested in providing funding for IDSD, or for further information, please contact Jim McCabe, IDSP director (; 212.642.8921).

Administered by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Identity Theft Prevention and Identity Management Panel (IDSP) is a cross-sector coordinating body whose objective is to facilitate the development and use of voluntary consensus standards and guidelines that will equip and assist the private sector, government and consumers in minimizing the scope and scale of identity theft and fraud.

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