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.


Recommendations on Digital Mathematics Library

August 2006.The IMU Executive has endorsed CEIC's recently released recommendations on best practices for retrodigitization and a draft document outlining CEIC's vision of a distributed library of digitized past literature.

Jahrbuch Project Honoured with 2005 SLA PAM Division Award

On June 7, 2005, the Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Division of the Special Libraries Association will be giving the Jahrbuch Project the PAM Division Award for 2005 for "its significant contribution to the field of mathematics". The award honours work that demonstrably improves the exchange of information in physics, mathematics or astronomy, and that benefits libraries or enhances the ability of librarians to provide service (full text of award letter).

Major Development in Providing Open Access to Federally-funded Research

On July 14, the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee approved an important provision in connection with the FY 2005 National Institutes of Health (NIH) appropriation. The Committee Report accompanying the FY 2005 Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill recommends that NIH provide free public access to research articles resulting from NIH-funded research. The Report calls on NIH to offer access to authors' final manuscripts (as accepted for journal publication) and supplemental materials via PubMed Central six months after publication. If the grantee used NIH funds to pay any publication charges (e.g., page or color charges, or fees for digital distribution), PMC access would be immediate. The Report instructs NIH to inform the Committee by December 1, 2004 how it intends to implement the policy.

Rick Johnson, SPARC, Open Access News 7/15/04

Update on Metadata Standards

In order to create links from the two major reviewing databases to digitized articles, Mathematical Reviews and Zentralblatt have recommended some standards that would allow projects to transfer information simply. An explanation of these standards and their purpose can be found in a new release of the standards called Simple Metadata

Upcoming and Recent Events

A conference on the Digital Mathematics Library Project was recently held at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute from April 15 to 17, 2005. Presentations made at MSRI are available for download.

Communications and Information from the CEIC

IMU on the Web is a column that will appear in each IMU-Net newsletter and will be accompanied by additional commentary and links.