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.

Terms of Reference

(As approved by the IMU Executive Committee, Bangalore, 2010 and announced at the IMU General Assembly, Bangalore, on August 16, 2010.)

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 financial implications, and keeping it informed of new developments.
  • Reviewing the development of electronic information, communication, publication, and archiving so as to keep the EC abreast of current and emerging issues. Publicising relevant developments to the wider community via IMU on the Web and other methods.
  • Advising the EC about potential opportunities to endorse standards ('best practice recommendations') on issues related to publication and communication, including such matters as the use of software and data repositories.
  • Advising the EC about potential opportunities to foster the growth of electronic infrastructure, and selectively creating tools for this purpose.