Coalition for Networked Information
Associate Editor Emeritus
American Mathematical Society
Timothy W. Cole
Mathematics & Digital Content Access Librarian
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The amount of research mathematics available online, both retrospectively digitized and born digital, has greatly increased over the last decade and a half; however, the methods for describing, linking and discovering these resources has so far evolved much more slowly. In July 2012, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the International Mathematical Union organized a symposium on “The Future World Heritage Digital Mathematics Library: Plans and Prospects” at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Washington DC. The Sloan Foundation then commissioned a follow-up study, the results of which were published in March 2014 by the National Academies Press under the title, “Developing a 21st Century Global Library for Mathematics Research.” The report opens by noting that, “Mathematics is facing a pivotal junction where it can either continue to utilize digital mathematics literature in ways similar to traditional printed literature, or it can take advantage of new and developing technology to enable new ways of advancing knowledge.” In this briefing the presenters will discuss concrete ideas for creating a community-driven and community-owned next generation Global Digital Mathematics Library (GDML) to better support and enable advanced research in mathematics. The presentation will place the committee’s effort in the context of prior and ongoing work, including the World and European Digital Mathematics Library initiatives begun in the last decade. Findings and recommendations articulated in the NAS report will be discussed, many of which align well and resonate with analogous issues and goals arising in other disciplines. Opportunities and what’s next in the wake of the publication of the NAS Report will also be covered, focusing on community, literature, knowledge management and administrative facets of the new GDML initiative.