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Web-Based Subscription Services for Standards - Review

:: Susan Bertoni recently asked a question on SLA-ENG: "has anyone have any experience with using the web based subscription services for standards such as ASME, ASTM, ISO, DIN?" Susan was asked to look into Techstreet. She inquired further: "Anybody using Techstreet or a similar service?"

Here is a summary of the recommendations and comments she received.

USA Information Systems
  • pay per view website
  • Your "sedan" with a few perks
  • order the standard as they need them, offers bookmarking and notes capability so when the staff go to order, they can tell if/when someone else in the firm has already ordered that particular standard.
  • A bit pricey but worth it.
  • Monthly usage reports
  • Used for individual standards when necessary
  • Now using pdf downloading software with a locking feature that doesn't allow any file transfer
  • Use for AWWA and Hydraulic Institute Standards - subscription service that they offer is a little complex but allows us to control who accesses the standards.
  • Happy with Techstreet
  • Have a deposit account with TechStreet but don't use the subscription service preferring to order standards from them on an as needed basis.
Washington State Department of Labor & Industries Library
  • Good standard collection and can help get standards that aren't available elsewhere
Boolean Research
  • Milwaukee Information Broker has access to a standards collection at a library near her office. She asks $20/hr plus costs.
  • Have web based subscription for AWS standards. Good service and works well.
  • Uses it for ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code and NFPA with prepaid deposit account.
  • Your "Hot rod" with all the perks but expensive
  • Covers more of the organizations that are of interest to us (GM, Ford, etc.)
  • Have had good luck with IHS
  • IHS representatives have been good to work with.
  • Wide variety of industry standards
  • Routinely uses IHS Global for standard delivery
  • Used service for about three years and it is well used
  • For an annual membership fee, you can get 50 or 100-packs of ASTMs downloadable on demand
  • Offers a set number of downloads per year accessible by anyone in our company
Susan Bertoni
Engineering Librarian
F.L.Smidth, Inc.
Phone 610 264-6742
Fax 610 264-6554
E-mail susan DOT bertoni @ flsmidth DOTcom
Visit our web site at www.flsmidth.com

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