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Boisvert Named Winner of ACM 1999 Outstanding Contribution Award

January 2000

Ronald F. Boisvert

Ronald Boisvert, Chief of the Mathematical and Computational Sciences Division in NIST's Information Technology Laboratory, received the 1999 Outstanding Contribution Award by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The award cited "his leadership and innovation as Editor-in-Chief of the Transactions on Mathematical Software and his exceptional contributions to the ACM Digital Library project." The award will be presented at ACM's awards ceremony, which will be held in San Francisco, California, on May 6, 2000.

Founded in 1947, ACM is the world's first educational and scientific computing society. Its members number over 80,000 computing professionals and students worldwide. The Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award is presented to up to three individuals each year in recognition of the value and degree of service to ACM. Twenty-eight such awards have been presented since 1976. Last year's winners were Peter Denning (George Mason University) and Robert Ashenhurst (University of Chicago).

Boisvert served as Associate Editor of the ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software (TOMS) from 1987-1992 and as its Editor-in-Chief from 1993-present. During his tenure, he has established procedures for making the entire TOMS editorial process electronic-based and the TOMS Web pages were one of the first within ACM. In 1995, Boisvert was appointed to the ACM Publication's Board. In this capacity, he organized the development of Web pages for all of ACM's research journals. He then created a working prototype for an integrated online library for all ACM research publications, establishing conventions for organization, citations, abstracts, article reviews, full-text, and ancillary materials. This work enabled ACM to jump-start its planned Digital Library, which was mounted in a very short span of time. Today the ACM Digital Library contains more than 42,000 entries, accounting for all ACM journals and conference proceedings since 1985. Browsing abstracts and detailed search in the DL is available to the public at no cost, and more than 1 million Web hits from 111,000 unique visitors are now logged on the ACM server each month. The DL is the centerpiece of ACM's new Computing Portal project, which seeks to archive and index all computer science literature of the past 50 years.

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