Mathematical Knowledge is Mathematics' Treasure
NAMKM 2004
Second North American Workshop on
Mathematical Knowledge Management
Joint Mathematics Meetings
Borein Room, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
January 6, 2004
What is MKM?
Mathematical Knowledge Management (MKM) is an exciting new field in
the intersection of mathematics and computer science. The need for
good MKM is great: mathematical knowledge is mathematics' treasure; it
is vital to engineering, science, and mathematics itself, and it is
used by millions of people. The challenge of MKM is also great:
mathematical knowledge is unsurpassed in its extent, richness, and
interconnectedness. Current technology is not capable of fulfilling
this need and meeting this challenge. New and more sophisticated
theory and technology is required.
Objective
The purpose of NAMKM 2004 was to introduce the issues and challenges
of MKM to the North American mathematics community. The goal was to
share ideas and to explore ways mathematicians and MKM researchers can
collaborate.
Organizers
Workshop program
The workshop was a oneday meeting held on January 6, 2004 open to
everyone attending JMM 2004. The program
included two invited talks and 8 short presentations. 25 participants attended the workshop.
Invited speakers

Dr. Daniel W. Lozier
Mathematical Software Group,
National Institute of Standards and Technology
"MKM and the NIST Digital Library of Mathematical Functions"
Abstract

Dr. Jonathan Borwein
Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University
"Advanced Collaborative Environments"
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Why is MKM important to the North American mathematics community
First, mathematical knowledge is both the raw material and the
finished product of mathematics. It is essential for the health of
mathematics  as well as engineering and science  that mathematical
knowledge be effectively managed.
Second, effective MKM requires a sophisticated understanding of
mathematics. Input from mathematicians, mathematics educators, and
other members of the mathematics community is needed to steer MKM
research in the right direction and keep it on track.
Third, research in MKM is much more actively being pursued in Europe
than in North America. Unless North Americans step up and play a
role, the direction of MKM research may be largely determined by
European interests.
Relevant scientific and technological areas
Computer algebra
Computer theorem proving
Digital libraries
Formal methods of computing
Intellectual property rights
Knowledge representation
Mathematical software design
Mathematics documentation
Mathematics education
Mathematics publishing
Web presentation of mathematics
History
The new field of MKM was launched in September 2001 with the First
International Workshop on MKM at Hagenberg, Austria (MKM
2001) organized by Bruno Buchberger and Olga Caprotti. The Second
International Conference on MKM was held in February 2003 in Bertinoro,
Italy (MKM 2003), and the
Third International Conference on MKM will take place September 1921,
2004 in Bialystok, Poland (MKM
2004). The Mathematical
Knowledge Management Symposium recently took place in November
2003 at HeriotWatt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.
In December 2001 an MKM consortium of researchers was founded under
the leadership of Michel Hazelwinkel. The European members of the
consortium received funding from the EU in 2002 for a large MKM
exploratory project named the Mathematical Knowledge
Management Network.
The First North American Workshop on MKM took place in June 2002 in
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (NAMKM 2002). It was
attended by 32 researchers and students from Canada and the United
States.
Contact
Please send questions to William
Farmer.