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Standards Program Offers New Efficiencies Online

Participants in APTA’s Standards Development Program have found new efficiencies through using collaboration websites that allow them to share files and hyperlinks, collaboratively review and edit documents in real time and conduct lengthy discussions online.

Originally, members of APTA’s standing committees were the only individuals with access to collaboration websites, but now almost 20 of the websites have been established to support the work of all active working groups in the standards program.

Staff and participants, who have become familiar with using the available training and learning materials and providing technical support to the sites, are encouraging use of the web pages and finding ways to reduce the need for face-to-face meetings by increasing the time available for online collaboration. The next step will be to institute measures to keep information on the sites more current and to integrate processes such as commenting and voting into the sites.

The standards program is also taking a major role in implementing APTA’s 2015-2019 strategic plan, with a specific focus on two of its five strategic goals: safety and security and technological innovation.

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