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IEEE To Digitize...Everything!

:: Well, almost everything. IEEE announced yesterday its plans to digitize all of its journals back to Volume One, Issue One:

IEEE ANNOUNCES PLAN TO DIGITIZE ALL OF ITS JOURNALS BACK TO VOLUME ONE, ISSUE ONE - 25 Early Years of Flagship Journal, Proceedings of the IEEE, to be Posted Online

June 27, 2005 -- Piscataway, NJ -- The IEEE this week announced that it has completed the first step in its plan to digitize all papers from its technology journals, back to each title's first issue.

In the coming days, more than 12,000 papers and articles published in the Proceedings of the IEEE from 1963 to 1987 will be added to the IEEE online collection. The journal's contents from 1988 through the current issue are already available in digital format. Papers dating back to the first issue of the journal, published in 1913 as the Proceedings of the Institute of Radio Engineers (the name of an IEEE predecessor organization), will be online in early 2006.

The IEEE digital collection now consists of nearly 1.2 million documents. Included are papers from more than 120 IEEE journals, 900 active IEEE standards, and the proceedings of 400 annual conferences. The majority of the content dates back to 1988; content from select publications back as far as 1950 was added in 2003.

"IEEE has made a commitment to digitizing our entire journal backfile, along with past editions of many of our conference publications," said Barbara H. Lange, Director, IEEE Publications Product Line Management and Business Development. "This is the first step in a two-year plan to bring our historic, scholarly content to new generations of researchers and practitioners."

"These first 25 years embody a tremendous repository of papers by visionaries of the electrical engineering profession," said Jim Calder, Managing Editor, Proceedings of the IEEE. "This collection represents a critical evolutionary period that chronicles the development of today's information age. There are literally thousands of authors included here that many people will instantly recognize as leaders in their fields and important contributors to our current level of understanding of technology.
And perhaps the best part of this story is that anyone can now have instant access to the words of these outstanding IEEE contributors of the past."

The added content from the Proceedings of the IEEE is available to subscribers of the IEEE/IEE Electronic Library, which provides access to all IEEE online content. IEEE members with online subscriptions to the journal may access these papers. The papers are also available individually for online purchase. Abstracts and searchable metadata are available to all users.

Proceedings of the IEEE issues from 1963 to the present may be found online at: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/RecentIssue.jsp?punumber=5

For more information, visit IEEE Xplore, the IEEE online delivery platform, at: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org.