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Welcome and Introduction<br/><br/>Presentation by the Organizers: Envision a Framework for Better Math Searching

Monday, April 26, 2004 - 9:00am - 10:15am
Keller 3-180
Thomas Fischer (State and University Library Goettingen), Robert Miner (Design Science, Inc.), Robby Robson (Eduworks Corporation)
Fischer Statement of Interest:
I am working at the State and University Library Gottingen, the central German library for pure mathematics. Apart from books we collect mathematics in digital form: (1) as retrodigitized images of printed books and articles (over 1 million pages), (2) as born digital material, e.g. electronic theses and other publications, (3) as links to websites in our subject gateways (e.g. www.MathGuide.de).

We rely on metadata to organize this material, and obviously for all this searching in different forms is relevant. For the digitized printed versions, recognition of characters, structure and formulas will be useful, for digital material extraction of metadata, classification and probably formula processing could make access much more efficient. Finally, these techniques could be used for harvesting mathematics from the Web. The ultimate goal of a World Digital Mathematics Library will require advanced methods of searching in all these directions to make the material readily available.