Standards publications being developed by scientists, engineers, and business managers in the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) standards committees can be applied to `electronic image management' (EIM) processes including: document image transfer, retrieval and evaluation; optical disk and document scanning; and document design and conversion. When combined with EIM system planning and operations, standards can help generate image databases that are interchangeable among a variety of systems. AIIM is an accredited American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards developer with more than twenty committees. The committees are comprised of 300 volunteers representing users, vendors, and manufacturers. The standards publications that are developed in these committees have national acceptance. They provide the basis for international harmonization in the development of new International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards. Until standard implementation parameters are established, the application of different approaches to image management cause uncertainty in EIM system compatibility, calibration, performance, and upward compatibility. The AIIM standards for these applications can be used to decrease the uncertainty, successfully integrate imaging processes, and promote `open systems.' This paper describes AIIM's EIM standards and a new effort at AIIM, a database on standards projects in a wide framework, including image capture, recording, processing, duplication, distribution, display, evaluation, preservation, and media. The AIIM Imagery Database covers imaging standards being developed by many organizations in many different countries. It contains standards publications' dates, origins, related national and international projects, status, keywords, and abstracts. The ANSI Image Technology Standards Board (ITSB) requested that such a database be established, as did the International Standards Organization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) Joint Task Force on Imagery. AIIM will take the lead for the database and coordinate its development with several standards developing organizations (SDOs).