Populating the Computing Portal

Richard Snodgrass
October 1, 1999

The Vision

The ACM Computing Portal

A web-based repository of bibliographic information

  • contains information on all papers and books in the computing literature

  • contains a pointer to the digitized version, if available

SGB Portal Committee 

  • Rick Snodgrass (University of Arizona, CS), chair

  • Steve Cunningham (Cal State University-Stanislaus, CS)

  • Carol Hutchins (Courant Institute of Math. Sci. Library)

  • Bob Krovetz (NEC Research Institute)

  • Michael Ley (University of Trier, CS)

  • Andreas Paepcke (Stanford University)

  • Kathy Preas (KP Pubs on CDROM)

  • Bernie Rous (ACM Publications)

  • Charles Viles (Univ. of North Carolina, Info and Lib Sci)



Populating the ACM DL

  • Journals

  • Magazines

  • Conference Proceedings

  • SIG Newsletters

Future Portal Needs

Computing Portal Management Board

ACM HQ Commitments

  • Donate entries from ACM Guide to Computing Literature.

  • Negotiate cross-use agreements with associated societies.

  • Acquire full text of books copyrighted by ACM.

  • Fund acquisition of ACM journals.

  • Help fund hardware and software to host the Portal.

  • Help fund staff to manage Portal.

Individual SIG Commitments

  • Propose that each SIG be responsible for ensuring correctness of SIG-relevant bibliographic entries, abstracts, and keywords.

  • Negotiate with steering committees of associated conferences and workshops.

  • Allocate funds to populate the ACM DL: conference and workshop proceedings, SIG newsletters.

  • Roughly $400K total, or $5K-20K per SIG

SGB Opportunity Fund

Use opportunity fund to subsidize content development in areas associated with low-fund SIGs.

Use opportunity fund to subsidize infrastructure.

  • software acquisition and development/customization

  • hardware

  • support staff

SIGDA matching funds: $50K

Populating the ACM DL: Journals

  • Total: $130K

  • To be paid by ACM General Fund.

  • Access by journal e-subscription or DL subscription or institutional subscription.

  • Use in SIG-specific CDRoms on a case-by-case basis.

Populating the ACM DL:Magazines

  • All the following were started after 1990.

  • Crossroads: The International ACM Student Magazine

  • Intelligence: New Visions of AI in Practice

  • Interactions: New Visions of Human-Computer Interaction

  • netWorker: The Craft of Network Computing

  • StandardView

Populating the ACM DL: Conference Proceedings

See handout for details on 1985-1990




1940-1984: approximately 200K pages

  • need to collect information to decide on allocation

  • SIGs should pay for this

Access to all proceedings decided by relevant SIG(s): subscribers, SIG members, world readable

Populating the ACM DL: SIG Newsletters

  • Initial Estimate: 120K pages

  • Will come back to the SIGs with more reliable figures.

  • SIGs should pay all costs of digitization.


For journals 1940-1990: $128K

  • paid by ACM General Fund

  • material available to subscribers

For conferences 1985-1990: $82K

  • paid by individual SIGs total: $71K

  • paid by SGB: $11K

  • access decided by relevant SIG(s)

Time Scale: funding allotted and scanning started by December, 1999

Future Needs

For conferences pre-1985: roughly $200K

  • to be paid by SIGs (access determined by SIGs)

For SIG newsletters: roughly $120K

  • to be paid by SIGs (access determined by SIGs)


  • to be paid by SGB, in a future proposal

Portal maintenance

  • Maintenance of the database

  • Support hardware and software infrastructure

  • Future new search and presentation facilities

  • to be cost-shared between SGB and General Fund


  • The SGB recommends that each financially viable SIG (with a fund balance over the required balance) cover, out of its fund balance, the cost (see backup 5.0 for estimate) of producing PDF versions of the 1985-1990 conference proceedings relevant to its domain, with the resulting material added to the Digital Library.
  • SGB funds cover the cost (up to $15K) of producing PDF versions of 1985-1990 conference proceedings relevant to the domain of defunct and financially non-viable SIGs, with the resulting material added to the Digital Library.


SGB Portal Committee

  • continue with broad strategic and tactical decisions

Propose a new Portal Management Board

  • Each SIG would have a member

  • Communicate via email

  • Tasks

Ensure that the ACM DL was fully populated

  • e.g., allocate publications to SIGs, locate proceedings

  • Define the scope of the Portal

  • Identify existing SIG-specific resources

Portal Management Board

Populating the Board

  • Initially, the Chair of each SIG would be a member, until and unless the Chair appointed someone else.

  • Possible titles for this person:

  • SIGX Portal Chair

  • SIGX Portal Editor

  • SIGX Portal Management Board Representative

Board would choose its chair, who would also become a member of the SGB Portal Committee.

  • Rick Snodgrass would serve as interim chair.


  • The SGB creates a Portal Management Board according to the proposal in Backup 5.0.







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