The International Math Union's Electronic Initiatives -- and WestGrid
ABSTRACT. Great changes are underway in the way we compute and communicate. This extended and annotated abstract will discuss a few of the changes that impinge especially on the mathematical sciences, concentrating on the initiatives of the IMU. [The CMS adheres to the IMU within the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU). via NRC !]
While I will talk primarily from the perspective of a researcher it is important to remember how many `players' there are and how small a part mathematical science publishing and computing really is. [Even though we think it is everywhere.]
PART 1: CEIC
``The work then proceeds in a manner unique to science. Because practitioners publish their work electronically, through the e-print archives at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, the entire community can read a paper hours after its authors finish typing the last footnote. As a result, no one theorist or even a collaboration does definitive work. Instead, the field progresses like a jazz performance: A few theorists develop a theme, which others quickly take up and elaborate. By the time it's fully developed, a few dozen physicists, working anywhere from Princeton to Bombay to the beaches of Santa Barbara, may have played important parts.''
Gary Taubes, ``String Theorists Find a Rosetta Stone," Science July 23 (1999) 513.
``Three years ago, said Dr. Zanelli in Chile, one of his own students posted a paper and the next day received an e-mail message from Dr. Witten. The student was at first so shocked that he accused Dr. Zanelli of playing an elaborate practical joke.
`We learned that great physicists do read the archives daily and they browse through all the preprints,' Dr. Zanelli said, `even if they come from an obscure place in the end of the world.'
Dr. Witten's instant response, Dr. Zanelli said, `was like having the pope drop by for tea.' ''
James Glanz, ``Web Archive Opens a New Realm of Research,'' New York Times, April 30, 2001.
I will finish by briefly touching on some of the following:
Revised: July 26/2001