CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – 25 September 2012 – The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, has released a major update of its Computing Classification System (CCS), developed with Silverchair Information Systems (Silverchair). The last major update of the CCS, which has served as the de facto standard classification system for the computing field since 1964, was in 1998.
Silverchair’s semantic indexing experts worked in concert with ACM staff and a group of 120 computing specialists led by Professor Zvi Kedem of New York University. According to Bernard Rous, ACM Director of Publications, “The new CCS reflects the state of the art in the computing discipline and has been developed to anticipate change as the field continues to evolve. Current and future users will benefit greatly from the work undertaken in this initiative.”
ACM will use the new CCS in a variety of applications. These include creation of subject collections, development of author expertise and institution research profiles, and a new people search. Additionally, the new CCS will support search and retrieval for ACM’s Digital Library, which contains more than 250,000 full-text articles published by ACM, and the Guide to Computing Literature, a database of more than 2 million bibliographic citations and abstracts of works published across the computer science field.
“This significant update and expansion of the premier taxonomy in computer science comes at a critical time for the field,” said Thane Kerner, CEO of Silverchair. “The need for—and the opportunities afforded by—semantic applications have never been greater. This update of the CCS enables the advanced applications being developed now by ACM and at the same time sets the foundation for the development the next wave of products and services to come.”
About the Association for Computing Machinery
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 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. Additional information is available at http://www.acm.org.
About Silverchair Information Systems
Founded in 1993, Silverchair delivers advanced semantic technologies, publishing platforms, and e-learning solutions to scientific, technical, and medical publishers, professional societies, and the federal government. Inc. Magazine has ranked Silverchair as one of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies in both 2011 and 2012. This past January, the company received Virginia’s 2012 Governor’s Award for Science Innovation. Silverchair is headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia. Additional information is available at www.silverchair.com.
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