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Our Mathematical Heritage Versus its Organisatorial and Copyright Nightmare
Talk given at the CEIC Workshop "Across the Digital Divide", June 16, 2005, 10:00-10:30, hosted by the
2nd Joint Meeting of AMS, DMV, ÖMG at Mainz.

The historical Math Literatur
Goals of the DML: Digitize it all! And: Make it accessible!
The new Alexandrian Dream

Georg Hermann Valentin (1848-1926):XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX200,000
Royal Society of London's Catalogue (RSC):XXXXXXXXX48,115
Jahrbuch Fortschritte Math. (JFM):XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX200,000
Zentralblatt Math (Zbl):joint with JFM XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX1,896,000
Math. Reviews (MR):XXXXXXXXXXXX1,894,000
Articles (Type of Articles):125,000150,0001,750,0002,200,000
Plus articles not included: e.g., 88,000 Dissertations in Math Genealogy (H. Coonce)) (estimated) sum: 2,500,000
Pages: (20 Pages per article, estimated) 50,000,000
50,000,000 pages could be encoded (searchable!) within one Terabyte of disk storage -
the capacity of a notebook a few years from now... This is the new "Alexandrian Dream".

This shows the amount of math literature to be digitized in order to create a "DML".
Some estimates are higher, on the other hand:
MathSciNet has links to more than 540,000 "original articles" -- these are probably "born digital" articles.
According to MathSciNet's "Facts and Figures" it gained ca. 600,000 entries since 1995,
which may have been an "overall electronic" publishing border.

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Copyright © 2005 by Ulf Rehmann