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Friday, June 13, 2008

Czech Digital Math Library launches

A beta version of the Czech Digital Mathematics Library was released on June 11. See also this story in the Prague Daily Monitor from June 11. From the project's home page:

The aim of this project is to investigate, develop and apply techniques, methods and tools that would allow the creation of a suitable infrastructure and conditions for establishing what will become the Czech Digital Mathematics Library (DML-CZ). It will consist of the relevant mathematical literature which has been published throughout history in the Czech lands. Upon completion it will be incorporated into the World Digital Mathematics Library (WDML).

The project will involve launching the digitization process and providing end users with access to the digitized material. It will also involve research into advanced technologies for searching mathematical documents, and including born-digital materials.

The DML-CZ should primarily contain professional journals of international standing published by Czech institutions, such as the Czechoslovak Mathematical Journal and Applications of Mathematics published by the Mathematical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Kybernetika published by the Institute of Automation and Information Theory AS CR and others. The DML-CZ will also include conference proceedings published by the Czech universities and research institutes, selected monographs, textbooks, dissertation theses and research reports. Measures will be taken to complement the digital library with materials which have already been digitized (e.g. Commentationes Mathematicae Universitatis Carolinae, Mathematica Bohemica, Archivum Mathematicum digitized by the Göttinger Digitalisierungszentrum within the DIEPER project). According to preliminary estimates the core of the DML-CZ should contain 200–300 thousand pages.