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ANSI Relaunches Electronic Standards Store

Published: Tuesday, August 7, 2007 - 22:00

(ANSI: New York) --The American National Standards Institute has announced the relaunch of its electronic Standards Store (eSS), a Web site for the purchase and download of U.S. and other national, regional or international standards. The eSS boasts a new technological infrastructure, a dynamic user interface, and data enhancements that provide more robust search results for the site’s standards, guidance documents, and regulatory and legislative content.

Improved document search and browse options allow the user to easily navigate within the collections of more than 125 individual publishers or within a compilation of frequently requested standards and technical documents. Collections include standards from the International Organization for Standardization, the International Electrotechnical Commission, Deutsches Institut für Normung (DIN), as well as ANSI-accredited standards developers such as ASTM International, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the National Fire Protection Association, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

A site redesign makes it easier for users of the eSS to find and purchase individual standards or to choose preassembled packages that are based on purchase history, industry-sector trends, and emerging issues. Product profiles for select collections now include detailed abstracts and table of contents; many also contain a list of normative references, i.e., documents that are required for successful implementation of a standard. An alerting feature notifies registered users when selected standards have been revised or amended.

Partnerships with other service providers provide one-stop access to standards-related content, including the U.S. state and federal or foreign regulations that are needed by regulatory and compliance professionals. A foreign currency converter makes it easier for customers that aren’t based in the United States to budget and track their online purchases.

“Our redesign of the electronic Standards Store has focused on ways to save our customers time and money,” says Bob Feghali, ANSI vice president of business development and chief information officer. “The Institute has worked to improve speed and usability of the eSS, and to make it easier for our clients to access the most current and relevant standards. Site licenses and subscriptions allow customers to download licensed content for multiple users. Another new product allows regulatory and compliance professionals to collaborate on U.S., state, federal and, in time, foreign laws and rules.”

For more information, visit www.ansi.org/news_publications/news_story.aspx?menuid=7&articleid=1558.


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