The protocol used between Zoological Data Processing and IBP has two parts: inputs to this system, and outputs.
The input to this system consists of banding sheets and authority files.
The output is a flat database file that IBP imports into their banding database. We refer to this file's format as the output format.
All these protocol elements have changed several times over the years. Here is a list of protocols still supported, with the field year of each change.
A new three-character field for the WRP molt cycle code was interposed between the “HOW AGED” and “SEX” fields.
For the output record format, see Section 5, “The current MAPS/MAWS output format”.