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ACM Launches New Version of Digital Library for Computing Professionals

New Features Provide Efficient Access, Increased Interactivity, and Enriched Content

The Association for Computing Machinery
Advancing Computing as a Science & Profession

Contact: Virginia Gold

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NEW YORK – January 11, 2011 - ACM has released a new version of the ACM Digital Library, making it the most comprehensive database of computing literature in the world.  Building on the breadth and depth of this renowned repository of digital knowledge, the new site simplifies usability, extends connections, and expands content with a wide range of new tools and features.  More than 1.5 million users have access to ACM’s Digital Library, a readership representing individuals and institutions from over 190 countries worldwide who download some 13-15 million full text resources annually.  

            “The ACM Digital Library’s newly integrated features, functionality, and content constitute a critical resource for computing professionals who drive innovation in the digital age,” said Wayne Graves, ACM Director of Information Systems.  “This rich collection of knowledge offers a window on the digital world, with access to ideas and innovations—great and small—that fostered and formed the information age since its birth more than 60 years ago.” 

            New features in the DL enable users to browse efficiently by author, publication type, ACM Special Interest Group (SIG), and conference venue.  They include:

  •    Reorganized author profile pages that present a snapshot of author contributions and metrics of author influence by monitoring publication and citation counts and download usage volume
  •    Broadened citation pages for individual articles with tabs for metadata and links to facilitate exploration and discovery of the depth of content in the DL
  •    Enhanced interactivity tools such as RSS feeds, bibliographic exports, and social network channels to retrieve data, promote user engagement, and introduce user content
  •    Redesigned binders for creating personal, annotatable collections of bibliographies or reading lists, and sharing them with ACM and non-ACM members, or exporting them into standard authoring tools like self-generated virtual PDF publications 
  •    Expanded table-of-contents opt-in service for all publications in the DL—from ACM and other publishers—that alerts users via email and RSS feeds to new issues of journals, magazines, newsletters, and proceedings. 

            The new DL also integrates extensive visualization technology that captures details of the more than 150 international conferences and symposia associated with ACM.  Among these advances are multidimensional geographic maps that display the expanding global nature of ACM events.  The redesigned format also lists conferences alphabetically and chronologically, and links to access the published proceedings of each event as well as authors, acceptance rates, and downloads of presented papers, tables of content, abstracts, source material, and a history of the conference. 

            The site invites comments from readers and browsers to strengthen ties within the computing community. In-depth information about ACM Special Interest Groups and related conferences is also accessible through the new DL.  In addition, DL content has been expanded to include citations for hundreds of information technology books from the best authors and publishers available.  The full text for many of these books is freely available to ACM members as part of the ACM Learning Center


About the ACM  Digital Library

The ACM Digital Library contains comprehensive full-text resources from ACM’s vast collection of its own published journals, conference proceedings, magazines, and newsletters, and detailed bibliographic resources from other publishers, including data for every author and article in its archive. It houses ACM publications dating from the 1950s as well as coverage of other publishers starting in the mid-1980s. The DL captures more than three million pages in a visually enhanced format that makes this information conveniently accessible and easily searchable. The DL’s new features and structure facilitate information dissemination and sharing, interoperability, user-centered design, and collaboration for computing professionals, practitioners, researchers, and educators on a global scale


About ACM

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.   


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