Adapted from A Federal Records Management Glossary. National Archives and Records Administration, 1993.

Abbreviations & Acronyms

AASHL
American Association for State and Local History
ACA
Academy of Certified Archivists
ADP
automatic data processing or automated data processing
AFC
Agency file code
AFFIRM
Association for Federal Information Resources Management
AIIM
Association for Information and Image Management (now known as AIIM - The Enterprise Content Management Association)
AIS
automated information system
ANSI
American National Standards Institute
API
application program interface
AR
administrative record
ARMA
Association of Records Managers and Administrators (now known as ARMA International)
ARO
Agency records officer
ASCII
American standard code for information interchange
AV or A/V
audiovisual
BRIDG
Bi-monthly Records Discussion Group
CA
certified archivist
CAD
computer-aided design
CAE
computer-aided engineering
CAI
confidential Agency information
CAL
computer-assisted locater
CAM
computer-aided manufacturing
CAR
computer-assisted retrieval
CBI
confidential business information
CD
compact disk
CD-I
compact disk-interactive
CD-ROM
compact disc read-only memory
CDR
compact disc recordable
CD-RW
compact disc re-writable
CFR
Code of Federal Regulations
CHRON
chronological file
CIM
computer input microfilm
CIO
chief information officer
CIPS
centers information processing system
COLD
computer-output laser disk
COM
computer-output microfilm
COOP
continuity of operations plan
CPIC
capital planning and investment control
CPU
central processing unit
CRM
certified records manager
CRM/NS
certified records manager/nuclear information and records specialist
CSS
cascading stylesheet
DA
Documentum administrator
DAT
digital audiotape
DBMS
database management system
DM
document management
DMS
document management system
DP
data processing
DPI
dots per inch
DRMWG
Document and Records Management Work Group
DTD
document type definition
DVD
digital versatile disc or digital video disc
DVR
digital video recorder
EA
enterprise architecture
EBCDIC
extended binary code decimal interchange code
ECM
enterprise content management
ECMS
enterprise content management system
ECMSRMR
enterprise content management system records management repository
EDI
electronic data interchange
EDMS
electronic document management system
EDP
electronic data processing
EIS
electronic information system
ERA
Electronic Records Archive
ERM
electronic records management
ERMS
electronic records management system
ESIGN
Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act
FAQ
frequently asked questions
FIPS
federal information processing standards (Issued by NIST.)
FIRMR
Federal Information Resources Management Regulation(s) (Issued by GSA.)
FOIA
Freedom of Information Act
FPMR
Federal Property Management Regulation(s) (GSA regulations - The part formerly applying to records management has been superseded by the Federal Information Resources Management Regulations and NARA records management regulations.)
FRC
federal records center
FTP
file transfer protocol
GAO
Government Accountability Office
GIF
graphic interchange format
GILS
global information locator service
GIS
geographic information system
GPEA
Government Paperwork Elimination Act
GPRA
Government Performance Results Act
GPS
global positioning system
GRS
general records schedule
GSA
General Services Agency
GUI
graphical user interface
HIPPA
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HTML
hypertext markup language
HTTP
hypertext transfer protocol
HTTP/S
hypertext transfer protocol/secure
I/O
input/output
IAA/IAG
interAgency/intergovernmental agreement/international agreement
ICR
intelligent character recognition, or information collection rule, or information collection request
ICRM
Institute of Certified Records Managers
IM
instant message or information management
IMO
information management official
IP
Internet protocol
IRM
information resources management
ISO
International Organization for Standardization
IS
information systems
ISP
Internet service provider
IT
information technology
JPEG
compression; Joint Photographic Experts Group
KWAC
keyword and context index
KWIC
keyword in context index
KWOC
keyword out of context index
LAN
local area network
MCUF
my commonly used folders
MIME
multipurpose Internet messaging extensions
MIS
management information system
NA
National Archives
NAC
National Audiovisual Center
NAGARA
National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators
NARA
National Archives and Records Administration
NARS
National Archives and Records Service (Reorganized as NARA.)
NHPRC
National Historical Publications and Records Commission (Formerly known as National Historical Publications Commission (NHPC).)
NIRMA
Nuclear Information and Records Management Association
NIST
National Institute of Standards and Technology
NRMP
National Records Management Program
NSI
national security information
OA
office automation
OCR
optical character recognition
OD
optical disk
ODBC
open database connectivity
OF
optional form
OMB
Office of Management and Budget
OPM
Office of Personnel Management
PA
Privacy Act
PARS
performance appraisal & recognition system
PC
personal computer
PDA
personal digital assistant
PDF
portable document format
PDF/A-1
portable document format/archive
PEL
picture element
PKI
public key infrastructure
PPI
pixels per inch
RACO
records agency conference
RFID
radio frequency identification
RAIC
Records Agency Information Center
RAM
random access memory
RIM
records and information management
RKS
recordkeeping system
RLO
records liaison officer
RM
records management
RMA
records management application
RMO
records management officer
ROM
read-only memory
RPSA
retention policy services administrator
RTF
rich text format
SAA
Society of American Archivists
SDLC
systems development life cycle
SDMS
Superfund document management system
SF
standard form
SGML
standard generalized markup language
SHFG
Society for History in the Federal Government
SIO
senior information official
SLCM
system life cycle management
SSL
secure sockets layer
TCP/IP
transmission control protocol/Internet protocol
TIFF
tagged image file format
URL
uniform resource locator
U.S.C.
United States Code
VCR
videocassette recorder
VHS
video home system
WAN
wide area network
WiFi
wireless fidelity
WORM
write once read many (times)
WP
word processing
WWW
world wide web
XHTML
extensible hypertext markup language
XML
extensible markup language
XSLT
extensible stylesheet language transforms