In response to the internet revolution in electronic publishing and communication,
the CEIC was formed in 1998 to monitor such developments and advise the IMU and,
through it, the worldwide mathematics community.
(As approved by the IMU Executive Committee, Gyeongju, 2014 and announced at the IMU General Assembly, Gyeongju, on August 10, 2014.)
The CEIC is a standing committee of the Executive Committee (EC) of the International Mathematical Union, reviewed every four years by the EC at its meeting preceding that of the IMU General Assembly.
Members are appointed in even-numbered years for staggered four year terms, normally commencing on January 1 of the following year, using criteria similar to those for IMU Commissions.
The mandate of the CEIC is to advise the EC on matters concerning information and communication.
The CEIC's duties include:
- Reporting regularly to the EC, advising it on aspects of IMU operations related to information and communication, including technical, legal and financial implications, and keeping it informed of new developments.
- Reviewing the development of electronic information, communication, publication, instruction, and archiving so as to keep the EC abreast of current and emerging issues. Publicising relevant developments to the wider community via CEIC Notes and Comments and other methods.
- Advising the EC about potential opportunities to endorse standards and articulate best practice recommendations on issues related to electronic information, communication, publication, instruction, and archiving, including such matters as software and data repositories.
- Advising the EC about potential opportunities to foster the growth and development of electronic infrastructure.