Organizer: Alf van der Poorten · Macquarie University

This session was sponsored by the International Mathematical Union and presented by the Committee on Electronic Information and Communication (CEIC) of the IMU.

The Digital Mathematics Library Project.

Jonathan M Borwein · CECM · Simon Fraser University and CEIC Chair

Great changes are underway in the way we compute and communicate. This talk discusses a few of the changes that impinge especially on the mathematical sciences, concentrating on the initiatives of the IMU.


Best Practices for Authors, Editors, Publishers, and Librarians.

John Ewing · American Mathematical Society

This presentation provides a useful overview of the evolution of copyright and concludes with a modest proposal to improve the present situation.

The Math-Net Project.

Martin Grötschel · Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin (ZIB)

Alf van der Poorten · Macquarie University

Dr. Grötschel's talk was presented by Dr. van der Poorten. It provides a comprehensive description of the Math-Net Project which is intended to provide reliable access to mathematical information on the web.


Recent Progress of European Projects for Digitising Mathematics – An Essential Contribution for the Construction of the Digital Mathematical Library DML

Bernd Wegner · Editor-in-Chief · Zentralblatt MATH

Recent progress in European projects for digitizing mathematics – an essential contribution for the construction of the DML. Starting with the first session of the DML planning group there is a world wide initiative to investigate the possibility of having, and to attract some first offers to have, all mathematics digitally available. Aspects of the enterprise are addressed by different working groups. The global structure has counterparts in national initiatives and single projects. Already, the coordinating talks within the planning group have led to joint enterprises and common technical structures.

The aim of this talk was to give a survey of established European projects in the area, on activities to set up additional projects, and on the synergies such projects could gain from European and world-wide coordination. As a particular example, the structure of and the progress reached by ERAM will be explained. ERAM is pursued by the State and University Library of Lower Saxony and the Technical University of Berlin. It has captured the Jahrbuch über die Fortschritte der Mathematik in a database and developed an accessible repository of more than a million digitized pages.


For more information, please contact Jonathan Borwein.