Silverchair's Semedica to Redevelop Association for Computing Machinery's Computing Classification System

Major update to reflect advances in computer science

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Silverchair's Semedica division has been contracted by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, for a major update and redevelopment of the Computing Classification System (CCS), which has served as the de facto standard classification system for the computing field since 1964. The CCS is used to classify content, create author expertise profiles, and support search and retrieval for ACM's Digital Library, a premier collection of more than 2 million pages of full-text articles published by ACM, and the Guide to Computing Literature, a database of more than 1.5 million bibliographic citations and abstracts of works published across the computer science field. The last major update of the CCS was in 1998.

According to Bernard Rous, ACM Director of Publications, "The goal of the CCS Update Project is to create a modern taxonomy that reflects the state of the art of the computing discipline and is receptive to structural change as it evolves in the future. The new CCS should appeal to authors who use its categories to index their papers and to users of the Digital Library who can utilize it to discover relevant literature and identify subject area experts." ACM will put in place a process and tools to ensure that the CCS stays current and relevant on an ongoing basis.

"Silverchair is honored to have been selected by ACM for the CCS redevelopment project," said COO Elizabeth Willingham. "With today's explosion of information and the promise of the Semantic Web, the need-and the opportunities-for taxonomic classification have never been greater. ACM will cement its position of leadership in computer science through this significant terminology and classification update project."

For more information, contact:
Pam Harley, VP, Product and Market Development
Semedica, a division of Silverchair
(434) 296-6333 x272

About Silverchair & Semedica
Founded in 1993, Silverchair delivers superior information services to scientific, technical, and medical professionals through advanced technology and publishing solutions. Silverchair's Semedica Division was launched in 2008 to extend the benefits of Silverchair's semantic tools and services to content hosted on other platforms. Offices are maintained in Charlottesville, VA, and Raleigh, NC. Additional information is available at

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

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