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For the purposes of implementing of the OMB Memorandum titled “Managing Information as an Asset,” agencies must follow OMB Circular A-119 in the development, maintenance, and use of standards and specifications that are developed through an open, collaborative, and transparent process. Standards and specifications developed in processes with the attributes identified above enable data, products, and services to be used by anyone, at any time, and spur innovation and growth. Agencies should prioritize the use of open data formats that are non-proprietary, publicly available, and place no restrictions upon its use. Use of standards, specifications and formats can provide significant benefits to agencies and stakeholders while helping to implement open data priorities.
+###Best Practices for Data Standards
+System owners and data owners should, wherever possible, consider relevant international and US standards for data elements. Standards bodies dealing with data include:
+[United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT)](http://www.unece.org/cefact/about.html)
+####US National Standards
+[American National Standards Institute (ANSI)](http://www.ansi.org/)
+[International Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS)](http://incits.org/)
+####US Federal Government Standards
+[The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)](http://www.fgdc.gov/standards)
+[The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM)](https://www.niem.gov/Pages/default.aspx)
This section of Project Open Data will be updated as guidance evolves.