Archipedia is the end result of over 10 years of experience in developing online architectural library management systems. Since 2000, Architectural Information Services (AIS) has provided major architectural and interior design practices with a variety of services aimed at simplifying access to the specification information available from within their onsite trade libraries.
Nowadays, architectural staff prefer to access information electronically and suppliers have tried to assist by providing information in a variety of electronic formats in the way of CDs, USB drives and websites. These methods have rarely been fully embraced by architectural staff as each method has had its downfalls. CDs and USB drives are uncontrolled by the practices and it is not uncommon to have several versions floating around or hidden in drawers. Additionally, the threat of virus transmission is a consideration that some practices are unwilling to risk. Suppliers’ websites are designed to meet a variety of needs for a variety of visitors, including specifiers, distributors, retailers and home owners. Very often a specifier cannot find what they want on a supplier’s website or if they do, they have spent a considerable amount of time in doing so. And sometimes if detailed information is available, it is presented in a non-intuitive way.
Archipedia brings the competing technologies together and marries them into the familiar catalogue or book style of presentation all specifiers are used to with hard copy catalogues. Archipedia has all of the advantages and none of the drawbacks. It is readily updatable and immediately available from your desktop or on site. Archipedia eCatalogues are user-friendly, indexed with a navigable table of contents and fully text searchable with accompanying downloads in familiar PDF format, optimised for relatively quick transmission and printable if required.
To access eCatalogues and other information, you simply register with your details and immediately start using Archipedia. You must be a professional user, architect, interior designer, engineer or other specifier and register with a valid email address. Please note that MSN, Gmail or other generic email addresses will not be accepted without prior approval by Archipedia administration. Registering is simple – just click on the "Specifiers Register Now" link at the top of this page and you’re on your way.