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AIRS Style Guide
The AIRS Style Guide is a collection of recommended best practices rather than mandatory requirements. If a state/provincial collaborative (or an individual agency) has invested significant resources in setting up their own style guide, there is no reason to change to the AIRS model. However, the AIRS Standards do require that an I&R maintains its own Style Guide and enters data according to its own policies.
The AIRS Style Guide uses, as its base, the AIRS standard field structure. The development of this Style Guide was overseen by a team of experienced Resource Specialists from across North America. Style is often a subjective matter. In this area, there is rarely a decision that can ever be unanimous. There is often no inherently “right” way to style a certain data element. There is, however, a right way to apply those decisions, once made, as consistency as possible.
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