ACM’s Annual Report for FY12
Highlights of aCM activities:
July 1, 2011–June 30, 2012
ACM, the Association for Computing
Machinery, is an international scientific
and educational organization dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences, and
applications of information technology.
The centerpiece of ACM Publications
is the ACM Digital Library (DL) serving as the primary distribution mechanism for all the association’s publications as well as host to scientific
periodicals and a set of conference
proceedings from external organizations. The DL, now available at 2,650
institutions in 64 countries, boasts
an estimated 1. 5 million users worldwide. The result of this widespread
availability led to more than 15 million full-text downloads in FY12.
ACM is committed to continually
increasing the scope of material available via the DL. Last year, over 26,000
full-text articles were added, bringing
total DL holdings to 350,000 articles.
ACM’s Guide to Computing Literature
is also integrated within the DL. More
than 285,000 works were added to
the bibliographic database in FY12,
bringing the total Guide coverage to
more than two million works.
ACM is the publisher of 74 periodicals, including 40 journals and
transactions, eight magazines, and 26
newsletters as of year-end FY12. During the year, ACM added 479 conference and related workshop proceedings to its portfolio.
In addition, a collection of 1,200
e-books was assimilated into the DL
last year, available to all ACM members. Moreover, the ACM International Conference Proceedings Series
(ICPS) published 150 new volumes,
the most in any year since the program was launched.
Under the guidance and strate-
gic planning of ACM’s Publications
Board, the ACM Author-Izer Service
debuted in the Digital Library this
year. This service enables authors
to generate and post links on their
home page or institutional repository
for visitors to download the definitive
version of their articles at no charge.
ACM continues to lead the computer science education community
through the work of the ACM Education Board, the ACM Education Council, ACM SIGCSE, Computer Science
Teachers Association (CSTA), and
ACM Education Policy committee.
ACM remains at the forefront of
the Computing in the Core (CinC) advocacy coalition working to promote
computer science as a distinct discipline in K–12 U.S. education. This
year CinC engaged both the House
and Senate committees responsible
for reauthorization of the Elementary
aCM is committed
scope of material
available via the
and Secondary Education Act to advocate for computer science. Indeed, the
coalition’s membership has grown by
more than 50% over the last year.
ACM launched a new initiative to
address the grand challenges of expanding K–12 computer science education in the U.S. Google, Microsoft,
ACM, CSTA, the National Center for
Women and Information Technology,
and the National Science Foundation
are partnering to lay the groundwork
for scaling AP computer science reform.
ACM’s Education Board is directing the formation of an annual Taul-bee-like survey for non-Ph.D.-grant-ing institutions in computing.
The CSTA continues to thrive as a
key component in ACM’s efforts to
see real computer science count at the
high school level. CSTA membership
reached an all-time high of 12,000
this year. In addition, CSTA has been
an active and important partner in AP
computer science reform.
Several SIGs hosted innovative
educational programs and special
projects throughout the year. SIG
Bioinformatics organized a special
program—Women in Bioinformatics—that was sponsored by the U.S.
National Science Foundation. SIGCAS
and the Committee on Professional
Ethics (COPE) jointly ran a workshop on teaching computer ethics.
And SIGCOMM maintains its education website ( http://education.sig-comm.org) where members of the
community can share education-re-lated resources.
The Practitioners Board and Professional Development Committee
directed many new products and
initiatives designed for computing
professionals and managers. ACM’s
Learning Center (http://learning.
acm.org) offers products, services,
videos, resources, webinars, and
courses designed especially for prac-