|Getting What You Need from the
ASTM Web Site
by Barbara Schindler
The ASTM Web site has much to offer. A visit to www.astm.org can
offer a wide range of applications, from providing general information
on ASTM to developing standards online. Launched in 1995, the
site has evolved considerably, and ASTM will continue to expand
its offerings on the Web. There are many aspects to the site.
Heres a brief overview of some of what you can find there now.
NEWS AND INFORMATION
The News and Information section contains a good deal of general information on ASTM as
well as the concept of standardization. News and Information is
particularly useful for newcomers to ASTM and for non-members
seeking general information on the Society. Members too, can find
important information in the News and Information section.
The Frequently Asked Questions page can help explain the fundamentals.
Here you will find 25 questions with concise answers that sum
up the basics of ASTM. This is a good place to go when looking
for wording on how to describe ASTM.
You can find all the latest news on ASTMs activities in the News
and Upcoming Events page, which captures the latest on ASTM committee
activity all in one place, listed alphanumerically, and updated
monthly. Find a years worth of news here, which is archived chronologically
and according to ASTM technical committee.
Useful within the corporate environment as well as in the university
setting, the Information for Students and Educators section offers
information on ASTM and the discipline of standardization. For
example, The Handbook of Standardization is a practical guide
to how the complex world of standards works. This is the online
version of an eight-page booklet developed by ASTM to give a concise
overview of todays global standards development system.
Further information for students and educators can be found in
an online case study illustrating how standards are being taught
at todays universities. Read Teaching Standards in the Classroom:
One Professors Story and see how ASTM standards are used in the
mechanical engineering curriculum at the University of Washington.
For engineering students, a concise essay on the founding of ASTM
by engineers is housed in Engineers Create ASTM. This research
aid for busy students complements a longer version of ASTMs history
that also can be found within the News and Information section,
titled ASTM History: A Century of Progress.
Also within Information for Students and Educators, viewers can
request a free copy of the ASTM Video, ASTM: A Proven Partnership.
This ten-minute video covers the main points about ASTM in an
easy-to-understand and enjoyable format.
Interesting stories about ASTM standards can be found in News
and Story Tips for Reporters. The ASTM standards featured coincide
with the months of the year and give examples of how standards
affect our daily lives.
Profiles on the ways in which multinational corporations use standards
in their efforts to succeed competitively in todays global marketplace
are found in the Company Articles section of News and Information.
These nine case studies are written by the standards executives
of todays major multinationals.
Commentary on standards and their role in business and industry
today is found in the Presidents Column. Here, ASTM President
Jim Thomas shares his views on pertinent issues that affect ASTM,
the standards community, and the constituents we serve. The ASTM
Mission Statement and Links of Interest to the Standards Community
can also be found within News and Information.
Another source of news on ASTM and standards here and abroad is
the online version of Standardization News. The SN online site
contains feature articles, Tech News, various monthly columns,
letters to the editor, the ASTM meetings calendar, newly approved
standards actions, and more. SN is accessible directly from the
main home page.
For those who like to plan well in advance, the Calendar feature
in SN is for you. Once you are in SN, scroll down the Contents
page and click on the Calendar for up to three years of schedules
of technical committee meetings, symposia, and training courses.
This calendar is updated monthly.
THE ASTM STORE
A valuable and much-used feature of the ASTM Web page is the search
engine for standards. In the ASTM Store, standards can be searched either by subject or by designation
by clicking on Search for Individual Standards. This is an extremely
useful tool for perusing the vast library of ASTM standards. Clicking
on any standard title will reveal the scope and keywords of the
standard. The full text of the standards can be acquired directly
from ASTM through the Web by downloading, or it can be faxed or
delivered in printed format by mail. Information on Ordering Options
Outside the Unites States is also given in the Store.
By clicking on the Annual Book of ASTM Standards, viewers can
see the schedule for the release of each of the 75 volumes of
the Annual Book of ASTM Standards, in print as well as in corresponding
CD-ROM, a new feature this year. A free demo CD of Standards on
Disc can be requested from this page, as well as a free ASTM Catalog.
Match your standards needs exactly with standards subscriptions,
ASTM WebDoxx, specialized collections, enterprise-wide service,
and Standards Tracker. Learn more about these features from the
Online Subscription to Standards section in the ASTM Store.
Specialized Print Compilations and Search for Technical Publications
offers the capability to search ASTMs extensive collection of
Special Technical Publications (STPs), Journals, Book of Standards
Volumes, Compilations of Standards, and New Publication Series
by keywords, volume number, editors name, and stock number.
ASTM publishes six journals. Under Journals in the ASTM Store,
each journals table of contents (current and past issues), subscription
information, journal description, and editorial board is given.
Here papers in the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JOFS) can be
searched from 1981 to the present day. Many JOFS papers are in
PDF and can be downloaded individually. Look for individual papers
of all ASTM journals to be on the web page later this year. An
Authors Guide with information on how to prepare a manuscript
and how to submit a book/software proposal is also in the ASTM
Store. ASTM offers non-stop customer service via Support Desk
and an e-mail help desk easily accessed through the site.
TECHNICAL COMMITTEES/ MEMBERSHIP
Information on each of ASTMs 130 technical committees can be
found on the Web site by going to Technical Committees/Membership. Every committee has its own page containing a wealth of information:
the latest news, meeting dates, committee officers, standards
developed by the subcommittees, standards development tools, members
only minutes, members only rosters, and more.1 Committees can
be searched by Alphanumeric Listing, Alphabetic Listing, or by
Also, ASTMs Standards Development Forums are accessed through
the Technical Committees/Membership section. Using Web technology,
the forums facilitate the standards development process by allowing
standards development work to take place anytime, anywhere in
the world. ASTM was one of the first standards developing organizations
to customize Internet software to facilitate standards development.
An Educational Module on the Forums is a useful orientation to
how they work and can benefit your committee.
Standards Development Tools are offered in the Technical Committees/
Membership page. They include PDF and RTF files of the following
guidelines from ASTM: Regulations Governing ASTM Technical Committees,
Form and Style for ASTM Standards, Draft Standard Templates, ASTM
Technical Committee Officer Handbook, ASTM Manual for the Development
and Implementation of Strategic Plans, the ballot item submittal
form, the Interactive Standards Development Forums request form,
a form for requesting the development of a new standard, Guide
for the Format of a Research Report, and a proxy form.
The Contract and Project Management page describes ASTMs Contract
and Project Management Services Department, which provides management
support for research projects and other related activities intended
to enhance the quality and timeliness of ASTM products and services.
Some of the services provided include: grant and contract administration,
technical project management, and management support for external
standards development or other related activity.
The Honors and Awards page within Technical Committees/Membership
lists all the awards currently in the ASTM Awards Program. ASTM
implements this program to recognize the numerous contributions
in the field of standardization made by individuals in and outside
the ASTM membership.
For information on upcoming Committee Week meetings, click on
Committee Week Pre-Registration. From here you can find out which
committees are meeting during a particular Committee Week, when
they are meeting, and when and where symposia and training sessions
will be held. Also provided here is important travel information,
hotel reservation facts, and transportation information. A pre-registration
form can be completed from this page.
DETAILED MEETING SCHEDULES
For detailed meeting schedules, go to your specific committees
Web page. Click on Meeting Schedule for such specifics as: the date of the meeting, start and end
times, and the meeting room.
New technical committee officers will be interested to see the
Web section on this years ASTM Officers Conference. By clicking
on Officers Conference: Information and Pre-Registration within
Technical Committees/Membership, you can view descriptions of
the module line-up, contact the appropriate ASTM staff, pre-register,
and learn more about the conference.
The various Technical and Professional Training courses offered by ASTM are listed in the Training Courses page,
accessible from the home page. Course titles, dates, locations,
and fees are listed for each available course. A course registration
form is also available online.
QUALITY ASSURANCE PROGRAMS
The various Statistical Quality Assurance Programs offered by
ASTM are also accessible from the home page. These include the
Interlaboratory Cross-Check Programs and the Proficiency Testing Programs. Information about the programs, schedules, test samples, statistical
analysis, and test data is provided here.
There are two useful directories on the ASTM Web page. The 2000
ASTM Laboratory Directory is a free online full-text keyword search
for services and locations of testing laboratories. The directory
lists 1,000 laboratories according to subject area, geographic
location, products, services, tests performed, and keywords. Find
this on the home page under Search Lab Directory.
The ASTM Directory of Scientific and Technical Consultants and
Expert Witnesses is a free online full-text keyword search of
675 individuals and companies performing consulting services or
acting as expert witnesses. This directory is searchable according
to subject area, consultant name, geographic location, and keywords.
Find this on the home page under Search Consultants Directory.
REACHING HEADQUARTERS AND STAFF
From the main home page, click on Contact for practical information on how to reach ASTM. Check out Directions
to ASTM Headquarters via plane, train, or automobile. Reach us
electronically by connecting with our Webmaster, or ask Questions
About Your Order, and access the ASTM Headquarters Staff Directory.
And finally, for an easy-to-use guide of the entire ASTM site,
click on Site Map, which is found on the home page as well as
throughout the various pages. You can navigate your way through
the entire site from here. //
1 Look for an article on this new section of the site in an upcoming
issue of SN.
Copyright 2000, ASTM
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