ARCOM Launches Specifications.org

Words: Bronzella Cleveland

ARCOM has launched Specifications.org, a new vertical organic search destination for information for construction specifications. The company says Specifications.org is built around a curating and crowdsourcing model with the goals of making this information better organized for architects, engineers, specifiers and other building and construction professionals and providing more focused, accurate results than generic search engines.

Specifiations.org also provides the ability to "launch several aggressive new technologies designed to organize the vast array of unstructured specification data and resources on the web to make certain project functions easier and more efficient," ARCOM says. The beta site has a strong "backbone" of traditional search and index services that include innovative search results focused on specifications, product data, standards, and discussion forums collected from relevant websites. The site also provides a touch point to ARCOM's new knowledge-base initiative focusing on specification-related articles from industry organizations and building product manufacturers.

"ARCOM is 'seeding' this beta version of the Specifications.org platform, but with the specifier tools to come, we expect future growth to be driven by organizations, building product manufacturers and individual specifiers," said Matthew Johnson, ARCOM project manager of Specifications.org. "ARCOM believes the largely static, traditional database-driven information site has really reached its practical limits. We are excited to be in the forefront of the move to organize and curate the always evolving, unstructured data that exists on the web, and make it more useful to specifiers."

ARCOM also has established strategic alliances with several industry organizations that will provide knowledge base content and function in an "expert" role in assisting specifiers making informed decisions about what to include in a project as product-level decisions are made.

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