About the HISTFORM standard
Norwegian standard for registration and exchange of nominative census data for the period 1865-1910. This standard describes how to convert handwritten entries in censuses to searchable data in The Digital Archives.
Transcription and standards
The HISTFORM-standard is a result of collaborative work by the Norwegian National Archives, Oslo and Bergen Universities, the Registration Centre for Historical Data (RHD), and Teleskelt/Dovre Data Archive in the region of Oppland. The standard applies to all census material containing name individuals in the period 1865-1910, and describes how to transcribe this information as well as how the column layout should be.
Even though the standard was developed with focus on the 1865-1910 censuses, many of the instructions for transcription can be applied to other censuses and rolls, as well as other sources which contain similar information.
HISTFORM is a set of rules for transcription, not an actual tool. For the transcription itself, you must use your own applications / utilities. You should choose a tool you are comfortable with, as long as it allows structuring of the data. The Digital Archives accepts data in a number of different formats, but we prefer tabular/comma-separated formats with the column names on the first row.