Society publisher moves world’s largest optics and photonics library to new site with improved design and functionality

The SPIE Digital Library — the world’s largest collection of optics and photonics applied research — has been re-launched on a significantly updated and improved website, providing users with better tools for personalized research along with expanded content choices and other enhancements. Publisher SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, developed the new site internally, inspired by input from users about desired functionality.

Scholarly publisher SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has announced the move of the SPIE Digital Library ( on 15 August to a new and substantially enhanced website.

Developed internally by SPIE to create an improved user experience and incorporate a number of enhancements and new features, the website housing and distributing SPIE’s conference proceedings, journals, and eBooks has been completely redesigned and re-engineered.

“I’ve always been impressed with [Access Innovations’] expertise and professionalism,” remarked Tim Lamkins, SPIE Content Specialist and Manager of SPIE Press. “They are also really down-to-earth and they talk to you about what kind of things you want to develop so that results align with your expectations.”

Access Innovations supported SPIE in the development of an expanded optics and photonics taxonomy of more than 4,000 terms that powers related content recommendations and improved search to return the most relevant results. Each document includes keywords ranked by frequency of occurrence along with related content recommendations based on keyword equivalence. Search results can also be refined using taxonomic relationships.

Using their patented Data Harmony semantic software, Access Innovations leveraged SPIE’s large content database to reveal ways in which they could organize SPIE’s information in such a way that it is optimized for the online research and technical conference experience for their community.

“We are proud of this engagement with SPIE,” notes Jay Ven Eman, CEO of Access Innovations. “Our continued mutual involvement has enriched SPIE’s content and helped improve our offerings. Two companies thinking outside the box together can make some very good things happen.”


About Access Innovations, Inc. –,

Founded in 1978, Access Innovations has extensive experience with Internet technology applications, master data management, database creation, thesaurus/taxonomy creation, and semantic integration. Access Innovations’ Data Harmony software includes automatic indexing, thesaurus management, an XML Intranet System (XIS), and metadata extraction for content creation developed to meet production environment needs.  Data Harmony is used by publishers, governments, and corporate clients throughout the world.

About SPIE –

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, an educational not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based science, engineering, and technology. The Society serves more than 260,000 constituents from 166 countries, offering conferences and their published proceedings, continuing education, books, journals, and the SPIE Digital Library. In 2016, SPIE provided more than $4 million in support of education and outreach programs.