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The Digital Mathematics Library, its Actual State, and its Possible Future Developments
Talk given at the Workshop "The Future World Heritage Digital Mathematics Library: Plans and Prospects", June 1-3 at the National Academy of Sciences.

Georg Hermann Valentin (1848-1926)

Director at Preußische Staatsbibliothek (now: Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin)

Important bibliographer of mathematics literature for the time 1445-1926.

His catalogue of mathematical manuscripts ("Allgemeine Mathematische Bibliographie") contained ca. 200.000 items, when he died.

Catalogue progress descriptions as given in "Jahrbuch": 1885, 1897, 1900, 1910

Valentin's activities are described in an article in "Jahrbuch über die Fortschritte der Mathematik 58 (1932), p. 44-45 (local copy)", which refers the content of a talk given by R. C. Archibald on the ICM 1928. Cf.: R. C. Archibald: Georg Hermann Valentin (1848--1926). Atti Congresso Bologna 6, 465-472).

Plans to publish the catalogue failed because of lack of money and because there was no suitable publisher available. The catalogue stayed - as a collection of handwritten cards -- at Preußischen Staatsbibliothek in Berlin and was (together with the library) destroyed by a fire in 1944 , probably caused by a bomb attack.

Apparently there are only fragmentary copies.

Question: How safe are the recent DML setups against catastrophic events?


Advice: Digitize all Math Literature and set up multiple mirrors -- including the scanned images -- and all other source files and setup programs -- at different places in the world!

Worldwide DMLs should interact that way and mutually mirror their partners.

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