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    • CommentAuthorAndrew Stacey
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2012

    The purpose of Math2.0 is to provide a forum for discussion of the future of mathematical publishing. It’s something that I’ve viewed as an important issue for years, and have had many, many interesting conversations about, but somehow nothing much seems to happen. I’m hoping that the momentum from Tim Gowers’ recent blog posts might lead to something and I’d like to capitalise on that.

    However, most of the discussion currently is happening in the comments on blog posts. This is hard to follow, and hard to separate out the new suggestions from the discussions on old ones. I think that forums are much better for discussion, hence this one.

    The name, Math2.0, is intended to signify two things: that it’s time for an upgrade of the mathematical environment and that I think we can learn a lot from looking at how software - particularly open source software - works. By “mathematical environment”, I don’t mean how we actually do the mathematics but what happens next, particularly communicating the ideas that we create. This is where the internet can really change things for the better (as it has started to do with the arXiv), but where I think that we have yet to figure out how to make best use of it.

    This doesn’t just include journals, but I think that that’s an obvious place to start.

    So: welcome to Math2.0. Please join in. It’s important.

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    • CommentAuthormozibur
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2012
    It might be useful to put in a summary of whats been discussed in Gowers Blog here - I was thinking primarily of his 'modest proposal'.