The International Mathematical Knowledge Trust was first set up as a step on the path to a global digital mathematics library, as that may be understood in the present day, with a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to principal investigators associated with the Global Digital Mathematics Library Working Group (GDML-WG) of the International Mathematical Union’s Committee on Electronic Information and Communication (IMU CEIC) under its 2015 remit.
Charge of the WG-GDML
This Working Group is an ad-hoc working group set up by the Committee on Electronic Information and Communication (CEIC) of the International Mathematical Union (IMU), reporting to the CEIC, with charge of stewardship of Global Mathematics Digital Library (GDML) activities, first sketched in a resolution of the IMU in 2006. It is charting a course for building the GDML as a global umbrella organization (coordinating regional organizations in different parts of the world) and taking first steps towards realizing it.
Although the initial steps are taken by the IMU, it is envisioned that building a GDML will include, as soon as feasible and advisable, the setting up of an international as well as regional trusts (independent of but probably closely in- teracting with IMU), in whatever legal form is appropriate, with their appropriate government and advisory boards, to which the responsibilities of governing and further developing the GDML will then devolve.
Adopted by correspondence by CEIC, 1 February 2015.
GDML WG Membership
- Thierry Bouche (Grenoble, France)
- Bruno Buchberger (Linz, Austria)
- Patrick Ion (Ann Arbor, MI USA) [chair]
- Michael Kohlhase (Bremen, Germany)
- Jim Pitman (Berkeley, CA USA)
- Olaf Teschke (Berlin, Germany)
- Stephen Watt (Waterloo, ON Canada)
- Eric Weisstein (Perrysburg, OH USA)
The IMKT was finally legally constituted in May 2016 in Waterloo, ON Canada.
The proposed Charter of the new international non-profit organization, the
International Mathematical Knowledge Trust (IMKT), as drafted by the Global Digital Mathematical Library Working Group appointed by the Developing a 21st Century Global Library for Mathematics by the National Research Council of the National Academies of the USA.
It is intended that IMKT be created as an independent non-profit organization, dedicated to increasing both the quantity and quality of mathematical knowledge accessible to the mathematical community, to enhancing the depth of semantic representation and integration of this knowledge, and to facilitating high quality open information services based on the knowledge represented.
The linked document, Charter of the IMKT, should still be viewed as a provisional document until fully endorsed by the completed Board of Governors and Board of Scientific Advisors.
A set of bylaws has yet to be adopted by the new Board of Governors.
Board of Governors
The initial board consisted of four members, which was as required by Ontario
law to constitute the legal entity of the IMKT. The full Board of Governors is expected to have nine members.
- Stephen Watt (University of Waterloo)
- Scott Pagan (Descartes Systems)
- Ingrid Daubechies (Duke University)
- Patrick Ion (GDML WG)
Board of Scientific Advisors