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The CEIC is a standing committee of the Executive Committee of the International Mathematical Union. CEIC’s mandate is:

To advise the IMU on aspects of its operations related to information and communication, including technical, legal and financial implications, and keep it informed of new developments.

To review the development of electronic information, communication, publication, instruction, and archiving so as to keep the IMU abreast of current and emerging issues.

To advise the IMU about potential opportunities to endorse standards and articulate best practice recommendations on issues related to the field, as well as potential opportunities to foster the growth and development of electronic infrastructure.

The Internet, and the World Wide Web (WWW), have transformed mathematical communication in at least as great a way as the introduction of journals. This transformation affects all disciplines, and many of the resulting commercial pressures are beyond the control of mathematicians. Nevertheless mathematics, by its intrinsic nature and world-wide scope, has to develop a particular approach to this new situation. Changes have occurred very rapidly, and the some of the habits of mathematicians — such as citation conventions, ways of building reputation, and for many mathematicians, very significant matters like promotion and working conditions — are still evolving in respond to continuing changes. The IMU's Executive Committee therefore formed the Committee on Electronic Information and Communication (CEIC) in 1998 to watch these developments, to advise the EC, and through it the IMU and mathematicians generally, about these trends, and to find the best ways of evolving practice to adapt to these changes. In 2012, a report was published by the US National Research Council on Developing a 21st Century Global Library for Mathematics Research. A summary of its findings can be found here. The topic of a Global Digital Mathematical Library was also discussed at ICM 2014 (see below). CEIC is organizing 2 panels at ICM 2018 in Rio:

  • August 7, 14:45 - 16:15 : Machine-Verified Proof: State of the Art
  • August 7, 18:00-19:30 : International Mathematical Knowledge Trust (IMKT): an Update on the Global Digital Mathematics Library

These follow upon 3 panels CEIC organized at ICM 2014 in Seoul:

  • August 18, 18:00-19:30 : Massive Open Online Courses (or MOOCs)
  • August 19, 18:00-19:30 : Electronic Publishing and Open Access
  • August 20, 18:00-19:30 : World Digital Mathematical Library

The CEIC also organized the Symposium on The Future World Heritage Digital Mathematics Library, June 1-3, 2012, at the National Academy of Sciences. The meeting was supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Participants, keynote talks, position statements, panel discussions, breakout sessions and more can all be found on the Conference Wiki. The CEIC also organized the Symposium on The Future World Heritage Digital Mathematics Library, June 1-3, 2012, at the National Academy of Sciences. The meeting was supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Participants, keynote talks, position statements, panel discussions, breakout sessions and more can all be found on the Conference Wiki. The following are IMU/CEIC publications that undergo revision as is found necessary:

Also of relevant interest and concerning issues the CEIC thinks important