Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is the premier professional membership organization for more than 127,000 mechanical engineers and associated members worldwide. ASME also conducts one of the world's largest technical publishing operations in the world, offering thousands of titles including some of the profession's most prestigious journals, conference proceedings, and ASME Press eBooks.
THE ASME DIGITAL COLLECTION
On February 27, 2013 the all-new ASME Digital Collection, formerly the ASME Digital Library, relaunched on Silverchair’s natively semantic platform, SCM6. Together, Silverchair and ASME created the most robust taxonomy and tagging system available for mechanical engineering. This transition to a new platform and new taxonomy brings with it many enhancements for accessing ASME’s renowned journals, conference publications, and eBooks.
KEY FEATURES OF THE ASME DIGITAL COLLECTION
Taxonomy Driven Topic Collections
Silverchair partnered with ASME to develop a new mechanical engineering taxonomy that facilitates organization of content 32 specific subject areas. Users can easily find the newest publications in the areas of greatest interest to them, as well as cross-cut all 26 journals, over 130 eBooks, and proceedings content based on topical interests and sub-specialties.
Re-Designed Content Pages
The new article page design simplifies a complex environment. All materials relevant to a given article, proceeding, or eBook chapter are featured in a quick-reference tabbed interface. Users can easily view the article, figures, tables, references, supplemental data, or discussions on the article. Sophisticated handling of tables and figures allow users to isolate them or see them in detail within the context of the article itself. The jump link navigation on the upper right of each article section allows users to quickly move from section to section with graphical as well as textual cues. Additionally, article tools have been carefully selected to minimize clutter and provide users with simple but extremely useful functionality. Further, semantic fingerprinting identifies content relationships and presents them in easy-to-navigate widgets that update continuously as new content is published. Hence, each article, proceeding, and ebook chapter page of the ASME Digital Collection serves as a reliable “launch pad” to highly relevant related information across all content.
The ASME Digital Collection breaks down the silos between journals, ebooks and proceedings providing users with an intuitive, integrated interface that highlights all resources. The semantic architecture of Silverchair’s SCM6 platform enables the surfacing of highly relevant articles and other resources from across the ASME Digital collection on every content page. Consistent navigation and tools make it easier for users to find content across all of ASME content properties. Intuitive browse options for proceedings and ebooks allows users to quickly navigate to the content of greatest interest.
Silverchair's semantic + full text search provides better results by normalizing synonyms, alternate spellings, acronyms, and jargon and by connecting closely related concepts. For example, when searching "UAV" (a common abbreviation for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) using our semantic search, we were able to retrieve highly relevant results as many pertain directly to Unmanned Aerial Vehicle but do not use the acronym
Integrated User data and E-Commerce
A fully integrated single-sign-on system allows one username and password to access and use the ASME Digital Collection and all other ASME websites. On the ASME Digital Collection, users with accounts can sign up for emails, review their subscriptions, link to purchased articles, and manage their saved figures and tables.
The ASME Digital Collection is fully optimized for use on mobile devices with a reactive design providing streamlined ease of navigation and access to full content.