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1. The Structure of the Mathematician's Professional Homepage (MPH)

2. The Content of Groups and Subgroups of the MPH

3. The Mathematician's Professional Homepage Maker (MPHM)

Preface:
The IMU intends to build up an Electronic World Directory of Mathematicians (EWDM). The IMU asks all mathematicians to offer a structured homepage on the Web, the so-called Mathematician's Professional Homepage. For more information about EWDM and the MPH see here
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1. The Structure of the Mathematician's Professional Homepage (MPH)

The MPH consists of two major blocks:

 

Photo of the person

Block I

Name of the person
Affiliation(s)


Block II

Groups and Subgroups
of the MPH

 

Block I contains the full name of the person and up to three affiliations.

Block II provides links to the information of a mathematician. It provides the most important information of a person in a standardized fashion, structured by groups (in the blue rows) and, for each group, by subgroups (in the grey rows). Block II consists of six groups, providing a rough classification of personal information. The content of each group is subdivided into several subgroups yielding a refined classification as follows:

General Information
Contact Information
Information for Visitors
Academic Positions / Professional History
Awards & Distinctions
Curriculum Vitae
Collaborations & Cooperations
Genealogy
Students
Co-Authors and Collaborators
Industrial Cooperation
News and Miscellaneous
Announcements
Future Conferences and Meetings
Other Interests
Personal Information
Favorite Links
Research
Research Areas and Applications
Other Scientific Interests
Publications
Research Projects / Grants
Talks / Presentations
Software
Teaching
Information for Students
Current and Future Teaching
Courses taught
Teaching and Course Materials
Professional Activities
Editorial Responsibilities / Refereeing
Professional Societies / Administrative Service
Congress and Workshop Organization
Other Services, Duties, and Functions

The definitions of the groups and subgroups are given below. Please note that if a person does not have or offer information for one or the other subgroup; this subgroup does not appear on the MPH.
Moreover, there is the possibility to extend each group by "Other" when the given subgroups do not cover the available local information.

2. The Content of Groups and Subgroups of the MPH

Each group and each subgroup has a standardized name. The information that is expected to be made available under this group or subgroup is described below.

Name of the Group Name of the Subgroup Description Examples
General Information   This group contains links to general information of the person.
Most of the general information can be associated with one of the following subgroups. Supplemental general information can be included in a subgroup "Other".
For a compact design the subgroup "Other" will be presented in the same row as "General Information" on the MPH.
 
  Contact Information Link to contact information of the person Address of the affiliation, private addresses, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, office hours, etc., see *)
  Information for Visitors Link to information which is relevant for visitors A map of the campus, travel advice (road map, public transport and traffic information, etc., see *)
  Academic Positions / Professional History Link to information about the academic career and the professional history of the person List of academic positions and the corresponding institutions, see *)
  Awards & Distinctions Link to prizes and distinctions awarded to the person Information about awards and distinctions and dates of the conferment, see *)
  Curriculum Vitae Link to information about the curriculum vitae of the person A long and a short version of the curriculum vitae, see *)
Collaborations & Cooperations   This group contains links to information about collaborations and cooperations of the person.
Most of the information about collaborations and cooperations can be associated with one of the following subgroups. Supplemental information on collaboration and cooperations can be included in a subgroup "Other". For a compact design the subgroup "Other" will be presented in the same row as "Collaborations & Cooperations" on the MPH.
 
  Genealogy Link to information about academic teachers and mathematicians who had a big influence on the professional history of the person References to mathematicians, the genealogy of the person, see *)
  Students Link to information about former and current students and their professional careers Information about student associations, representatives, alumni, see *)
  Co-Authors and Collaborators Link to information about collaborators in the academia and co-authors of academic publications References to collaborators and co-authors of publications, see *)
  Industrial Cooperation Link to information about projects and cooperation with industry and services project partners in industry and services, see *)
News and Miscellaneous   This group contains links to recent (and possibly not long-term) information of the person and also links to personal information.
Most of this information can be associated with one of the following subgroups. Information in this group not covered by one of the specified subgroups can be included in a subgroup "Other".
For a compact design the subgroup "Other" will be presented in the same row as "News and Miscellaneous" on the MPH.
Supplements
  Announcements Link to a calendar of events Announcements of talks, lectures, conferences, etc., see *)
  Future Conferences and Meetings Link to conferences and workshops the person plans to participate in List of conferences which will be visited, see *)
  Other Interests Link to information about interests outside the professional focus Presentation of and information about hobbies, social and cultural interests, see *)
  Personal Information Link to personal information Information about activities, e.g., in social and culture and further fields, see *)
  Favorite Links References to favorite Web links References and description of links which are relevant for the person, see *)
Research   This group contains links to the research activities of the person.
Most of the information about research can be associated with one of the following subgroups. Supplemental information about research can be included in a subgroup "Other".
For a compact design the subgroup "Other" will be presented in the same row as "Research" on the MPH.
 
  Research Areas and Applications Link to information about research topics in mathematics and its applications Description of research topics and its application in industry and services, see *)
  Other Scientific Interests Link to information about research fields the person is interested in Description of these research fields, see *)
  Publications Link to information about preprints and publications Preprints, thesis, journal articles and monographs and further publications, access to related abstracts, see *)
  Research Projects / Grants Link to information about current and completed research projects Aims, description, results of projects, reports on the projects, project partners, funding, see
*)
  Talks / Presentations Link to information about talks and presentations given at conferences and workshops References to slides of talks, comments, ..., see *)
  Software Link to information about mathematical software References to mathematical software, test data for mathematical programming problems, and databases about mathematical structures which are relevant for the research, see *)
Teaching   This group (particularly for mathematical departments) contains links to local teaching materials and organizational information about study programs.
Most of the information about teaching can be associated with one of the following subgroups. Supplemental information about teaching can be included in a subgroup "Other".
For a compact design the subgroup "Other" will be presented in the same row as "Teaching" on the MPH.
 
  Information for Students Link to information concerning the teaching activities of the person Study programs, degree courses, exam regulations, topics for degree certificates, etc., see *)
  Current and Future Teaching Link to the schedule of current lectures and teaching events in the future Schedule of lectures, see *)
  Courses taught Information about courses taught Topics and dates of lectures held, see *)
  Teaching and Course Materials Detailed Information about courses and further full text materials Lecture notes and manuscripts, exercises and solutions, see *)
Professional Activities   This group describes further professional activities, e.g., activities of the person in learned societies or as a referee in mathematical publishing.
Most of these activities are associated with one of the following subgroups. Supplemental professional activities can be included in a subgroup "Other". For a compact design the subgroup "Other" will be presented in the same row as "Other" on the MPH.
 
  Editorial Responsibilities / Refereeing Link to information about editorial or refereeing responsibilities and activities in mathematical publishing Membership in editorial boards, refereeing activities, ..., see
*)
  Professional Societies / Administrative Service Link to information about activites in professional societies and administrative responsibilities Positions and activities in professional societies and within the academia administration, see *)
  Congress and Workshop Organization Information about activities in congress and workshop organization Role und positions in congress and workshop organization, see *)
  Other Services, Duties, and Functions Link to information about further functions and positions Memberships in academies, positions in social and cultural movements, ..., see *)

Table 1: groups, subgroups, and description
*) links to documents, or directories, or search engines

Table 1 above is an attempt to describe and structure the whole spectrum of the professional information of a mathematician.
The list is neither complete, nor are the groups and subgroups disjoint. It may in fact be wise to link certain information to various subgroups simultaneously. It is better to find some information twice than not at all. The short definition of the groups and their subgroups may not suffice to provide a clear picture of the whole idea.
We recommend that those creating a MPH for the first time consult some existing MPH, to see what content has been displayed and what decisions have been made by other mathematicians. Please have a look at the example: MPH of Martin Grötschel. More examples can be found at World Directory of Mathematicians

Each subgroup shown on the MPH constitutes a hyperlink to the corresponding local information. The destination of the hyperlink may be a single document, a directory, or a search engine. If a mathematician has additional information that does not fit into the subgroup classification and that he wants to make accessible via the MPH we propose directing a hyperlink to a page/directory "Other" summarizing this additional information.

3. The Mathematician's Professional Homepage Maker (MPHM)

The MPHM is an Internet tool to generate and change MPHs in an easy way. The tool produces both the XHTML MPH file and an associated metadata file allowing the processing of the information by machines.
Metadata are described as an RDFS/RDF scheme (specified in XML), XHTML is the markup language for the visible part of the MPH.

In more detail, the MPHM offers some form sheets to the user with the help of which MPHs can be created and edited. Far from sophisticated techniques the tool covers form sheets to collect the relevant professional information of a person. Finally an MPH is created and delivered. Editing of existing MPHs for revision is provided. There are two types of form sheets available through buttons on the start page:

A short description of the procedure to create or edit a MPH:
  1. Open the URL http://www.mathunion.org/MPHMaker with your browser.
  2. Choose the button "Creation of a new Professional Homepage" and click on the "Continue" button. Then you get a form to input your data. The input data are classified as follows:
  3. Insert the required data in the form.
  4. Generate the MPH with the "Create" button at the bottom of the form.
  5. Check all links, possibly re-edit the MPH. Then click on the "Store file" button.
  6. After clicking on the "Store file" button your MPH will be stored in the directory http://www.mathunion.org/ewdm/homepages on the IMU server.
    The exact name of the .html file will be composed of your e-mail address (the character "@" is substituted by "_at_") and an automatically generated time stamp.
    You will get an e-mail advising you of the exact URL.
    Please note that this file will be not stored permanently on the IMU server. You will have to download your Mathematician's Professional Homepage to a Web server of your institution or at the Web space of your Internet provider.
  7. Downloading:
    You can display and store the MPH via your favorite Web browser. Alternatively, you can download the file per anonymous ftp (go to this directory, choose your MPH file and copy the file on your institutional or personal Web server.
  8. In order to make your MPH available in the Electronic World Directory of Mathematicians insert the URL of your MPH in the registry of the Electronic World Directory of Mathematicians .

Editing of an existing MPH

Whenever your information has to be updated the MPHM allows you to edit an existing MPH:
Click on the button "Edit of an existing Professional Homepage" on the front page of the MPHM.
Then enter the URL of the .html MPH you want to modify and change the corresponding form. The updated page will be read into the MPHM form.

Create a further Web page conforming with the design of the MPH

The tool creates only the front page of your Web site. You are requested below to add links to already existing Web pages.If you want to create other Web pages conforming with the standardized design, the MPHM provides a link to an empty template on the front side. Download the Web page and insert your text and links into the template. For this purpose you can choose an HTML editor of your choice.

Liability

The MPH and the MPHM have been intensively tested. IMU, CEIC and the developers of this software, however, will not be liable for the improper functioning of the software. We appreciate comments and questions. Please send your questions, comments, and suggestions to math-net@zib.de.
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