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 May 2005 Inside ASTM International
Jim Olshefsky is a director in the Committee Services Department of the ASTM Technical Committee Operations Division.

Enhancements to Technical Committee Pages

Recent enhancements to the ASTM Web site will make the balloting process more transparent and accessible, contributing to the ASTM Digital Path initiative. The initiative, begun in 1999, aims to capture all ASTM standards and related documents in electronic files, maintain and distribute them electronically, and provide for an entirely electronic path thorough the lifecycle of all standards. (See the March 2004 SN article, “The ASTM Digital Path Initiative Revisited.”)

One of the first things ASTM members will notice these days is that by selecting the red “Login” button at the top left of the ASTM homepage, members may now enter their “MyASTM” pages by using their e-mail address as their user ID. Once technical members get to the “My Committees” pages, they will also notice a fresh new look to the site. The site has recently been given a facelift to match the other pages on the Web site (Figure 1).

Figure 1

Members will notice that the links for ballots and rosters now say “My Ballots” and “My Rosters.” These links have been customized so that only the ballots and rosters for committees/subcommittees for which you are a member will appear. For the first time, this allows members to quickly find information about their specific activities of interest when visiting the site. For members interested in other activities, there is also a link on each of these pages to “All Ballots” and “All Rosters.”

As a member drills down on the ballot page to view and return a vote on an open ballot, more changes are evident. The ballot pages now have the vote radio buttons to the right of each item, making it easier to scroll down and select the proper vote when viewing multiple item ballots. Also new is the “Deselect” button which allows members to more easily clear an errant vote by item (Figure 2).

Figure 2

A significant new enhancement involves making negative statements and comments available online to committee members. Approximately one week after the closing date of a main or subcommittee ballot, a closing report, including all negative votes and comments, will now be available in a member’s “My Ballots” area under the link “View Closed Ballots/Closing Reports.” Once a member selects the appropriate closing report from the list, any voter’s name that appears on the closing report can be selected to view their negative statement or comment (Figure 3). This new functionality only affects closing reports posted on or after March 31.

Figure 3

Enhancements to the ASTM International Web site have contributed to the Digital Path initiative by improving the transparency of the ASTM process and providing convenient access to all ASTM stakeholders. For more information or to provide feedback, please contact Jim Olshefsky, director of committee services. //

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