


The internationalization of MathNet, the MathNet Page and the MathNet Navigator
Wolfram Sperber, Wolfgang Dalitz
AbstractThe mathematical community needs an effective access to the information relevant in mathematics. The International Mathematical Union (IMU) has declared the further development of information and communication to be a major aim of its work. One of the core activcities of the IMU is MathNet, a userdriven and distributed information and communication system for mathematics. The MathNet Page is a practical step to realize MathNet. Web sites of mathematical institutions are acessible via homepages. But the homepages differ in content, structure and form. The MathNet Page is an additional entry point, "secondary homepage", for the Web sites of mathematical institutions. This simplifies the navigation for the human user. The metadata, which are encoded in RDF/XML, allow to process MathNet Pages by machines. The MathNet Page Maker is a tool to create MathNet Pages in an easy way. On April 12 2002 the Executive Committee of the IMU and the Committee on Electronic Information and Communication have adopted a recommendation to all mathematical institutions to install MathNet Pages. More than 170 institutions worldwide have created MathNet Pages in the mean time. The MathNet Navigator is the MathNet Service which collects all MathNet Pages. The backbone of the MathNet Navigator is a database. The MathNet Navigator realizes different views to information given on the MathNet Pages: Moreover, the MathNet Navigator will provide information for further MathNet Services, as the Mathematical PREprint Search Service MPRESS or PERSONA MATHEMATICA, an index about mathematicians. The talk gives an overview of the internationalization of MathNet, the MathNet Page, and the MathNet Navigator.
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