Standards are a form of primary source of information. The importance of standards can be gauged from the fact that progress of modern society would be difficult without standards. These lead to simplification of production and distribution of products produced by a manufacturer. These ensure reliability for the consumers. As result standardization, those items which do not follow prescribed standards get eliminated from the market.
A typical standard is a pamphlet covering definitions, methods, properties, measurements, etc. It may be illustrated with tables and diagrams. In India Bureau of Indian Standards is a major organization issuing standards. It brings out about 300 standards annually.
- International Standards Organization, Guidelines for the establishment and development of monolingual thesauri for information retrieval, First draft proposal (ISO/TC46/TG, (Paris 1971-1) 1034E, revised 3rd august, 1971).
- British Standards Institution, Microfiche, BS 4187: 1976.