Have You Seen Your Technical Committee Home Page Lately?
by Leonard Morrissey
In 1995, ASTMs technical committees took their first steps into
cyberspace with the introduction of the technical committee home
pages on the ASTM Web site. In a few short years, these pages have evolved from a novelty
that served a limited number of users to powerful avenues of communication
that rapidly and effectively disseminate important committee information
to ASTM members, customers, and other interested parties. Last
October, the ASTM technical committee home pages underwent a facelift.
In addition to the cleaner, more professional look, the completion
and integration of a new Access Database allows ASTM to offer
the following enhancements to the technical committee home pages.
Standards Development Tools
Now available for viewing or download in a PDF format from the
Technical Committee Pages:
- The Regulations Governing ASTM Technical Committees;
- Form and Style for ASTM Standards (the Blue Book);
- The ASTM Technical Committee Officer Handbook;
- ASTM Long Range Planning Guide;
- New Standard Development and Ballot Submittal Forms; and
- Interactive Standards Development Forum Request Forms.
- Committee-Specific Information
Now under the title and staff contact name for each technical
committee is a paragraph providing a thumbnail sketch of the committee,
including: the number of members in a committee, frequency of
meetings, approximate number of standards, volume number of the
Book of Standards where a committees standards can be found,
and general areas of interest for a committee
This information allows visitors to view the areas of interest
of all 129 technical committees by accessing the main committee
scope. This information, approved by the ASTM Board of Directors,
is useful when deciding where to begin a new activity or when
looking for expertise in a particular topic area.
This area of the technical committee home pages contains the names
and corporate affiliations of the officers of each technical committee.
At committee discretion, e-mail links can be established to allow
easy communication for visitors who have technical questions or
are seeking specific committee information.
This link allows new and existing members to join the Society,
a single committee, or multiple committees by e-mail. This secured
site also allows for payment by credit card to accompany new applications.
List of Standards by Subcommittee
Visitors, members and customers can now view the titles and designations
of all published standards under the jurisdiction of each technical
committee by simply selecting a subcommittee title. A list of
approved, published standards will appear as hyperlinks. This
link allows visitors to view the scope of each particular standard
and gives purchasing information, including the ability to download
any standard instantly.
Committee Week Registration
Information for upcoming Committee Week meetings is now available
on the technical committee home pages. When users select this
link, they can view all pertinent information about the next series
of Committee Weeks including hotel information, committees meeting
at that location, ASTM services provided at that meeting, travel
information, special events scheduled, and more. Users can also
pre-register for each Committee Week meeting from this link by
filling out the pre-registration form and e-mailing the form back
Our new Access Database allows our Technical Committees to post
relevant Committee Documents to assist in committee operations
including (but not limited to): press releases, white papers,
tracking documents, committee operating procedures, membership
information packets and others.
As use of the ASTM Web site continues to grow as a primary source
of information and communication for people interested in the
activities of our Technical Committees, visitors will demand more
from our site. ASTM will continue to invest resources and work
on developing new features to increase the value of the technical
committee home pages, making them effective tools to help our
committees advance their standardization objectives. //