National Information Systems Task Force
n. (NISTF, abbr.)A committee of the Society of American Archivists (1977-1983) that investigated systems for sharing information about the holdings of archives and manuscript repositories.
CitationsWeber 1990, p. 120 In 1977, the Society of American Archivists (SAA), appointed the National Information Systems Task Force (NISTF) to examine the issues surrounding its decision about which national information system (automated or not) to support. The two most likely candidates were NUCMC and the NHPRC's National Guide Project. NISTF extricated itself from these highly political questions by focusing its energies on creating the 'preconditions' for archival information exchange. Weber 1990, p. 124 With SAA Council's approval, NISTF disbanded itself in 1983 and was succeeded by the Committee on Archival Information Exchange (CAIE). CAIE's responsibilities include maintaining the data element dictionary and the MARC AMC format.