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ACM Digital Library Employs New Search Technology

New Platform Adds More Powerful Search Capability to ACM DL

I. Introduction

II. The Future of Information Access

III. Guided Navigation

IV. How it Works - An Example

          A. Screen Shot

          B. Refine your Search

          C. Related Tabs

          D. Expanded Sort Options

V. Other Recent ACM Digital Library Improvements                 Read ACM Press Release

I. Introduction

As part of its ongoing investment in the content, features, performance, and worldwide reach of its Digital Library (DL), ACM has introduced a powerful new search capability that enables users not only to explore existing data but to discover unexpected information that goes beyond simple query results. This new search technology employs the Endeca Information Access Platform, a new class of database designed for exploring information, not just managing transactions.

II. The Future of Information Access

Uniting ease-of-search with the analytical power of industry intelligence


ACM’s new Digital Library search platform is built specifically to address the evolving needs of our users.

A search on the new ACM platform returns much more than just query results, it also provides dynamic summaries of all the data and content in those results.

With every step a user takes, theses summaries instantly change based on users’ selected filters and the possibilities in the data. These features provide users with new and unexpected insights while accelerating the search process. Once a search is completed, the knowledge discovery process is just beginning.


III. Guided Navigation

The Digital Library’s new search technology dramatically enhances searches and enables a much richer, Guided Navigation experience of ACM (and other publishers') content. Users can find what they are looking for, and discover new information and relationships within ACM’s massive bibliographic database and digital collection.

What is Guided Navigation?

Guided Navigation:

  • Lets users prioritize and personalize their choices, rather than directing them down a classification path.
  • Applies structured metadata to content, enabling the subsequent search results interface to make the data available in different views or “facets” of the information, and allowing the underlying content to be segmented and displayed in different ways.
  • Creates a myriad of valid browse paths to each record rather than just the few paths available in a taxonomy, greatly increasing the likelihood that a user will find a record.
  • Goes beyond typical “browse” solutions by making use of faceted navigation, a more complex, but often more efficient and useful way to find information than the traditional classification of digital into systematic categories.

IV. How it Works – An Example


A. Screen Shot – Sample search on Keyword “Java.”

B. Refine Your Search

Refine your search by Keywords, People, Publications and Conferences in addition to related Journals, Magazines, SIGs and Conferences. Expanded Sort Options provide the opportunity for further refinement.


REFINE YOUR SEARCH                 

              Results 1 – 20 of 20,322

java <example>

 SEARCH      -- “Refine by Keywords” refines by looking at an index of words from ALL fields including full text, not just an index of author- supplied keywords.

Discovered Terms   --  “Discovered Terms” are generated by proprietary algorithms working from a seeded set of ACM subject classifications and author-supplied keywords. The Discovered Terms are more than just keywords—they are the result of combing through the ACM Computing Classification System terms and keywords, as well as the whole document, any part (title, abstract, full text, etc.).

                            discovered terms

Refine by People

Names <example>


Refine by Publications

Publication Year <example>



Refine by Conferences

Sponsors <example>


C. Related Tabs

 The Related Tabs in the ACM Digital Library allow you to view related publications, communities and events.




Top 5 Related Journals


These comprehensive, readable tutorials and survey papers give guided tours through the literature and explain topics to those who seek to learn the basics of areas outside their specialties. The carefully planned and presented introductions in Computing Surveys (CSUR) are also an excellent way for professionals to develop perspectives on, and identify trends in complex technologies. Recent issues have covered image understanding, software reusability, and object and relational database topics.


The ACM Journal on Educational Resources in Computing (JERIC) is an electronic publication providing access to high quality, archival resources suitable for use in support of computing education. Resources include scholarly articles with wide applicability and potential impact as well as multimedia and visualization resources, laboratory materials and other materials of practical use in support of learning in the computing sciences.


ACM Transactions on Information and System Security (TISSEC) is devoted to the study, analysis, and application of information and system security. TISSEC topics include: security technologies; secure systems; secure applications; and security policies.


ACM Transactions on Computer Systems (TOCS) publishes the newest findings of the computing research field. Papers published in TOCS are theoretical and conceptual explorations of operating systems, distributed systems and networks. Readers will find design principles, case studies and experimental results in specification, processor management, memory and communication management, implementation techniques and protocols. TOCS also discusses security and reliability, and offers experience-based papers on all these topics.


Systems modeling and computer simulation are powerful tools for understanding, and ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation (TOMACS) is a primary source for research on all aspects of these two areas. Emphasizing discrete event simulation, this journal publishes applications, reviews, and tutorials on such topics as combined, distributed, and hybrid simulation, simulation and computer graphics, process generators, and random.


D. Expanded Sort Options

Expanded Sort Options provide the opportunity for further refinement.

You can:

Sort by                                              in

               Relevance                               expanded form

               Title                                         condensed form


               Publication Date


               Citation Count

               Downloads (6 weeks)

               Downloads (12 months)

V. Other Recent ACM Digital Library Improvements

In past years, ACM has made significant investments in the DL’s content, features, performance, and worldwide reach. In addition to our new search technology, other recent improvements include:

  • New ACM Author Pages which show the collected works of an author, institutional affiliations, as well as individual and aggregate citation and download counts. With these new features, users can easily see not only who is publishing, but which articles are actually being downloaded. 
  • New bibliometrics which are now associated with each article and aggregated for authors (and soon institutions).
  • Completion of a major effort to normalize author and institution names so users can easily and accurately find the published work of specific authors and institutions.

“The Digital Library has become ACM's most significant product and service. More than anything else, the Digital Library reflects the dimensions, the brand, the quality—the essence—of ACM.”

- John R. White, ACM CEO

Read a letter from ACM CEO John R. White about the ACM Digital Library featured in the November issue of Communications of the ACM at: