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MKM/DML Gathering at Joint Meetings
"Birds of a Feather" Gathering
for Joint Meetings participants interested in
Mathematical Knowledge Management and
Digital Mathematics Libraries
During 2010 Joint Math Meetings, January 13-16, San Francisco
organized by Tom Leathrum, Editor of Loci
In 2004, Mathematical Knowledge Management (MKM) was described as follows:
MKM is a new interdisciplinary field of research in the intersection of mathematics, computer science, library science, and scientific publishing. [emphasis added] The objective of MKM is to develop new and better ways of managing mathematical knowledge using software tools. MKM is expected to serve mathematicians, scientists, and engineers who produce and use mathematical knowledge; educators and students who teach and learn mathematics; publishers who offer mathematical textbooks and disseminate new mathematical results; and librarians and mathematicians who catalog and organize mathematical knowledge.
Five years later, there is an active and growing community of researchers in the field of MKM, centered mostly in Europe. I attended the Conferences on Intelligent Computer Mathematics (CICM) in Grand Bend, Ontario, in July 2009. This group of conferences included the annual MKM Conference and a workshop "Towards a Digital Mathematics Library" (DML), as well as several other meetings. CICM was held in Birmingham, England, in 2008 and is scheduled to be held near Paris, France, in 2010. In spite of the CICM being held in North America in 2009, the percentage of participants from North America was rather small. There is a North American chapter of the MKM Interest Group, but its last scheduled activity was held during JMM 2004 in Phoenix. The international interest group does maintain a mailing list server, with most of its activity occurring in the weeks before the annual conferences.
So I have scheduled this informal "birds of a feather" gathering to assess the interest among JMM 2010 participants in issues related to MKM and DML. There are several ways we could proceed, depending on the interests and preferences of those who attend -- we could:
I hope to discuss these and other topics during the gathering.
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