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Developing a 21st Century Global Library for Mathematics Research (2014)

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Meeting Agendas and Other Inputs to the Study." National Research Council. 2014. Developing a 21st Century Global Library for Mathematics Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18619.
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Meeting Agendas and Other Inputs to the Study

MEETING 1
NOVEMBER 27-28, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C.
 
Discussion of Study
Goals with Sponsor

Daniel Goroff, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

 
Update on European
Digital Mathematics
Library Project

Thierry Bouche, Scientific Coordinator, EuDML Project, and Cellule MathDoc and Institut Fourier, Université de Grenoble (via WebEx)

 
Discussion with
Representatives
of Mathematical
Information Resources

François G. Dorais, Moderator, MathOverflow, and John Wesley Young Research Instructor, Department of Mathematics, Dartmouth College

 

Michael Trott, Senior Researcher, Wolfram

Paul Ginsparg, Founder, arXiv.org, and Professor of Physics, Cornell University (via WebEx)

 
Discussion of Study
Goals with Major
Professional Societies

Donald McClure, Executive Director, American Mathematical Society

James Crowley, Executive Director, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Meeting Agendas and Other Inputs to the Study." National Research Council. 2014. Developing a 21st Century Global Library for Mathematics Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18619.
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Discussion with
Representatives of
Digital Libraries
Outside of Mathematics
David Lipman, Director of the National Center for Biotechnology Information
Wayne Graves, Director of the Office of Information Systems at the Association for Computing Machinery
 
MEETING 2
FEBRUARY 19-20, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C.
 
Current State of
Semantic Libraries and
Active Documents

Michael Kohlhase, Professor of Computer Science, Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany

 
Searching Outside of
Mathematics

Herb Roitblat, Chief Scientist and Chief Technology Officer, OrcaTec

 
Building Infrastructure
for Digital Libraries

Andrew McCallum, Professor of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 
Crowdsourcing in
Chemistry

Antony Williams, Vice President of Strategic Development, Royal Society of Chemistry

 
MEETING 3
MAY 6, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA
 
Input on Desired
Capabilities from
the Mathematics
Community
Participants included:
Kris Fowler
Andrew Odlyzko
George Sell
 
MEETING 4
MAY 30-31, 2013
EVANSTON, ILLINOIS
 
Discussion with
Representatives
of Mathematical
Information Resources

Michael Trott, Senior Researcher, Wolfram

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Meeting Agendas and Other Inputs to the Study." National Research Council. 2014. Developing a 21st Century Global Library for Mathematics Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18619.
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Scale and Cost of
Running a Large
Digital Library

John Wilkin, Associate University Librarian, Library Information Technology, University of Michigan

 
Input on Desired
Capabilities from
the Mathematics
Community
Participants included:
Patrick Allen
Dean Baskin
Anna Marie Bohmann
Yanxia Deng
Honghaw Gai
Elton Hsu
Ben Knudsen
Chao Liang
Clark Robinson
Melissa Tacy
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Meeting Agendas and Other Inputs to the Study." National Research Council. 2014. Developing a 21st Century Global Library for Mathematics Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18619.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Meeting Agendas and Other Inputs to the Study." National Research Council. 2014. Developing a 21st Century Global Library for Mathematics Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18619.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Meeting Agendas and Other Inputs to the Study." National Research Council. 2014. Developing a 21st Century Global Library for Mathematics Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18619.
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Like most areas of scholarship, mathematics is a cumulative discipline: new research is reliant on well-organized and well-curated literature. Because of the precise definitions and structures within mathematics, today's information technologies and machine learning tools provide an opportunity to further organize and enhance discoverability of the mathematics literature in new ways, with the potential to significantly facilitate mathematics research and learning. Opportunities exist to enhance discoverability directly via new technologies and also by using technology to capture important interactions between mathematicians and the literature for later sharing and reuse.

Developing a 21st Century Global Library for Mathematics Research discusses how information about what the mathematical literature contains can be formalized and made easier to express, encode, and explore. Many of the tools necessary to make this information system a reality will require much more than indexing and will instead depend on community input paired with machine learning, where mathematicians' expertise can fill the gaps of automatization. This report proposes the establishment of an organization; the development of a set of platforms, tools, and services; the deployment of an ongoing applied research program to complement the development work; and the mobilization and coordination of the mathematical community to take the first steps toward these capabilities. The report recommends building on the extensive work done by many dedicated individuals under the rubric of the World Digital Mathematical Library, as well as many other community initiatives. Developing a 21st Century Global Library for Mathematics envisions a combination of machine learning methods and community-based editorial effort that makes a significantly greater portion of the information and knowledge in the global mathematical corpus available to researchers as linked open data through a central organizational entity-referred to in the report as the Digital Mathematics Library. This report describes how such a library might operate - discussing development and research needs, role in facilitating discover and interaction, and establishing partnerships with publishers.

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