WDML_IMA_DEC2006

WDML_IMA_DEC2006 - WDML: THE WORLD DIGITAL MATHEMATICS...

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WDML: THE WORLD DIGITAL MATHEMATICS LIBRARY The Evolution of Mathematical Communication in the Age of Digital Libraries IMA Workshop, December 8-9, 2006 Philippe Tondeur Professor of Mathematics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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THE GOAL of the WDML Digitize all past mathematical literature, link it to the present literature, and make it clickable. This is a brief report of its status as of Fall 2006
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INITIATORS include Bernd Wegner with ZentralblattMath and EMANI and ERAM Keith Dennis with MathSciNet and Euclid Paul Ginsparg with arXiv.org among a longer list of early visionaries
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The MATH INVENTORY 2,300 journals and periodical publications 2,000,000 items identified since 1868 80,000 additional items per year (in comparison: 1,500 additional monographs per year)
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The Mathematical Legacy New science depends critically on old mathematics 50% of current references are to pre-1990 papers 25% to pre-1980 The literature is the mathematician’s genome database
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Analysis of 500,000 citations in recent papers 1940 1945 1950 1955 1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1995 *Proportion of citations referring to a given year, normalized by number of papers published that year Importance of older math literature
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The World Digital Math Library will bring the enduring mathematical legacy to researchers worldwide. This basic mathematical knowledge is key to progress in all science and technology. Nobody has the kind of access that will be
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