June 26, 2012

IDW Hot Fact: Monthly URL Validation


As a result of the industry’s commitment to populating the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) with robust product marketing content, over 1.3 million URLs have been added to the IDW since early 2011, with the amount continuing to grow daily.

To support this initiative and ensure the flow of accurate standardized product data, IDEA checks the integrity of each URL on a monthly basis to ensure the URLs display working web pages or materials. A manufacturer’s assigned Data Quality Analyst verifies the URLs, and works with the manufacturer to help correct or remove any invalid links.

The IDW can store manufacturer URLs for the following:

  • Brochures
  • Technical Bulletins
  • Technical Drawings
  • Full Engineering Drawings
  • Installation Instructions
  • Line Drawings
  • MSDS
  • Pallet Configuration Drawings
  • Images
  • Spec Sheets
  • Video Clips
  • Warranty
  • RoHS-Material Composition

An example of a product image from Kirby Risk captured via URL

If you would like to learn more about our URL validation process, please contact your assigned Data Quality Analyst directly or call Tom Guzik, Director of Products and Services, at 703-562-4626.

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