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IsoIcs is the International Classification for Standards codes reference. This gem returns the text and description for a given ICS code.


Add this line to your application’s Gemfile:

gem 'isoics'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install isoics


Fetching ICS data:

# Fetch field
ics = Isoics.fetch fieldcode: "01"
ics.code        # => "01"
ics.fieldcode   # => "01"
ics.description # => "Generalities. Terminology. Standardization. Documentation"

# Fetch group
ics = Isoics.fetch fieldcode: "01", groupcode: "020"
ics.code             # => "01.020"
ics.groupcode        # => "020"
ics.description_full # => "Generalities. Terminology. Standardization. Documentation. Terminology (principles and coordination)."
ics.notes            # => [#<Isoics::Note:0x007fd19e89d880 @text="Including terminography", @ics_code=nil>]

# Fetch subgroup
ics = Isoics.fetch fieldcode: "01", groupcode: "140", subgroupcode: "30"
ics.code         # => "01.140.30"
ics.subgroupcode # => "30"

note = ics.notes.first
note.text            # => "Technical product documentation, see {ics-code}"
note.ics_code        # => "01.110"
note.ics.description # => "Technical product documentation"

# Fetch by code
ics = Isoics.fetch "01.140.30"
ics.description # => "Generalities. Terminology. Standardization. Documentation"


After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run rake spec to run the tests. You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install. To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release, which will create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to [](


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the [MIT License](