by Sheldon Wolfe, CSI, CCS
Jane Baker made two interesting announcements at the annual convention in Denver.
Unfortunately, the greatest potential of this union - immediate access to manufacturers' information via the internet - was not addressed. AFS opened a web site in May, providing links for about 1,000 products. To be truly useful, all of the 9,000 plus companies in the printed version should be listed, and CSI/AFS must push all of them to provide on-line information.
The situation is similar to that when MasterFormat and SectionFormat were introduced - CSI dictated a common format to make specifications easier to write, edit, and interpret. Manufacturers, specifiers, and contractors have all benefited from the imposition of standard formats. So, too, will we all benefit from a common format for distribution of the information that is used to prepare specifications.
Our chapter's web site has already taken the first steps to implementing an information standard. Directories of local product reps, A/E firms, and contractors will provide quick access to those listed. To be included, information must be presented in a standard format.
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