What are standards, specifications, and codes?
Who produces standards?
Scientific and professional organizations (such as ASME, IEEE, etc), trade organizations, and governments create standards, both nationally as well as internationally. In the United States, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) coordinates many standards producing organizations.
How do I identify which standards I need?
There are many search tools on the internet to assist you in locating standards in your area of study; see Finding Standards on this guide.
How do I find the full text of a standard?
See Standards Available in the ASU Libraries on this guide.
Are standards protected by copyright?
Yes, under both US and International laws, a standard has copyright protection. Each standard is considered to be a separate work of authorship, just as a book would be; the copyright owner is the issuing organization.
What is an IBR standard?
IBR stands for "Incorporated By Reference." Sometimes laws are passed that require compliance with a specific standard(s); these standards may be called "IBR standards" or designated as having been "IBR-ed."
The information on this page was primarily obtained from ANSI, the American National Standards Institute, especially their StandardsLearn.org website; the site is highly recommended for those wanting to learn more about standards.