The math connection

Computing without limits: The first scientific discipline is the mathematicians committed to a worldwide uniform internet presence

Now it starts: The World Mathematician Association "International Mathematical Union" (IMU) gave the starting signal to the Math-Net last weekend. In the math network not only institutions and researchers are presented in the overall unity design, but also made academic publications accessible – past the libraries and the publishers.

The preparations have been ran for several years, including a Math-Net Charter had already been adopted. Finally, the time has come: Math-Net becomes standard. This has officially decided by the IMU – according to the specifications of the IMU committee for electronic communication (Ceic).

The principle of Math-Net is very simple: is given only the frame; Contents put the institutes in the net. A dedicated technical advisory board is looking for the appropriate free and free software for the members; Information officer at the universities and other research institutions provide on site for the integration into the network.

Connected to the page is the Mathematician Personal Database Persona Mathematika, a navigator through the world of institutes and institutions – and Mpress, the server for mathematical preprints. The Clou: Even after the appearance, the titles in the list of preliminary publications will remain prussently – and can then be obtained via the author or Uber the Institute.

Nobody, so recommends the Ceic, should the right to offer his insertion on his side – even if they have already appeared in a magazine. Unlike in the other specialists, the scientific publishers in mathematics also play with. Many of the mathematical journals publish their articles simultaneously in printed form and online – for free and free access.

Incidentally experts, the publishers and scientific associations provide bitter struggle for the relevance rights. The libraries that have been complaining about the rising costs of magazine subscriptions for years, therefore, support the initiatives of trade associations to publish on the Internet at the publishers, so as to boycott the expensive magazines. However, a certain hurde is to be taken. A publication in a recognized journal, who always precede an expensive process of review, is considered a kind of academic residence, for which one in the market of "free" Distribution in the network only has to find a replacement.

In mathematics, on the other hand, such a clocking apparently does not seem to be notified. why? Martin Rotschel from the Berlin Konrad-Zuse Center, who cared for the Math-Net, believes, "that in mathematics the culture is another" As in the incident disciplines: it was influenced by the publishers if they were prohibited to their authors to offer their articles freely. In addition, the publishers through the online publications were no disadvantages anyway: the printed edition, so big, was not reduced by.

Granted: The math network is no more than a job in the WWW. But with his help, however, the mathematicians could be the first, for which the services of the classic library are simply overflowed.

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