Digital Information and Services

The following projects explore matters arising from the CECM's role as a provider of online information thru Internet services. While many groups are addressing generic issues regarding digital information, few are focussed on those specifically related to mathematical documents and research.
Canadian Mathematical Electronic Information Services: CaMEl
Under contract to the Canadian Mathematical Society, the CECM is actively engaged in developing services for the Canadian mathematical community. This includes a broad range of facilities such as preprint servers, database access, pointer collections, thesis archives, Email list servers and others.

Document Vault
In order to deal with an ever-increasing pressure to organize and integrate documents, the CECM has endeavoured to develop mechanisms for unifying the processing and storage of diverse document formats. The Document Vault provides a seamless access interface for retreiving information for examination and inclusion in new documents. Currently the CECM uses a first generation interface for serving its own documents such as CECM preprints.

Organic Mathematics Project
Concurrent with other projects involving digital information and mathematics publications, the CECM hosted a workshop on Organic Mathematics (see the Proceeding of Workshop on OM). The online proceedings integrate a number of interactive WWW-based tools such as MathActivation and Document Annotation for mathematical publications. The proceedings draws on expertise gained from the project, unified as a practical online publication.

Inverse Symbolic Calculator
The ISC is the Inverse Symbolic Calculator, a set of programs and specialized tables of mathematical constants dedicated to the identification of real numbers. It also serves as a way to produce identities with functions and real numbers.

M3Plexus: Multi-Modal Mathematical Document Delivery System
An inter-university group centered at the Centre for Experimental &Constructive Mathematics (CECM) and the Intelligent Software Group (ISG) proposes to develop, test and disseminate a multi-modal mathematical document manipulation platform as an experiment in guided and tele-learning techniques and models. The term ``multi-modal'' describes the environment's capacity to present mathematical materials in variety of modalities such as textually, hyper-textually, graphically, interactively with symbolic or numeric platforms, etc.

Interesting and Related Links

SFU Computing Science Digital Library
Conference on Electronic Publishing and the Information Superhighway
Clearinghouse for Networked Information Discovery and Retrieval
Adding hyperlinks to TeX documents.
All About LaTeX2HTML
CoNote - small group annotation experiment
Public Annotation Systems
Network/Web question and answer forum mechanism
The Future of Mathematical Communication
MSRI conference
Red Sage Project
Electronic Distribution of Journals.
Knowledge Management: Refining Roles in Scientific Communication by Richard E. Lucier
Tragic loss or good riddance? The impending demise of traditional scholarly journals by Andrew M. Odlyzko
Tragic loss or good riddance? The impending demise of traditional scholarly journals by Andrew M. Odlyzko (condensed version)
David Dubin's work at Dept. Information Science, University of Pittsburgh
The Perseus Project
Open Math Project