IEEE continued to strengthen publishing programs to further its goal of becoming the go-to resource for information and services that technical professionals consider essential to succeed in their careers. In 2015, we expanded and improved existing products and launched new programs and initiatives to increase the global reach of IEEE.
Where can you find a 1902 document bearing the signatures of Alexander Graham Bell, Guglielmo Marconi, and Charles Steinmetz? Or a firsthand history of Pong, the first video game, and the early days of Atari? Or a memoir describing development of the first video recorder? At the IEEE History Center, which in 2015 found a new online home. Thanks to a grant from the United Engineering Foundation, the IEEE History Center was able to partner with six other engineering societies to expand the IEEE Global History Network and launch the Engineering and Technology History Wiki at ETHW.org.
IEEE and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, in 2015 incorporated the SMPTE Digital Library into the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.
The SMPTE Digital Library includes more than 800 standards documents dating back to 1916, as well as the peer-reviewed SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and proceedings from SMPTE conferences—more than 20,000 documents in total. The partnership with SMPTE aligns with the ongoing IEEE goal of enriching IEEE Xplore with high-quality, cutting-edge content that empowers engineers.
IEEE Access built on its impressive growth in 2015, with 300 articles published on IEEE Xplore since the journal launched in May 2013. The number of IEEE Access articles published in 2015 increased by 77% compared to 2014. Approximately 17% of IEEE Access articles now include multimedia content. There were approximately 30,000 downloads of IEEE Access articles per month in 2015 from IEEE Xplore, an increase of 79% over the publication’s monthly downloads in 2014. IEEE Access is currently indexed by Scopus and Compendex and is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals.
The theme of the sixth annual IEEE Day was “Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow” and worldwide celebrations demonstrated the many ways that IEEE members in local communities join together to collaborate on ideas that use technology to make the world a better place.
IEEE members held 657 events worldwide to mark the occasion. Among the activities organized in collaboration with the IEEE Foundation were a day of free admission for IEEE members to the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City and a similar event held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.