The French digital mathematics library provided by Mathdoc corresponds to the Numdam (NUMérisation de Documents Anciens Mathématiques) programme launched in 2000. Numdam’s purpose is based on the very nature of mathematical documentation, which is characterised by its usefulness on very large time scales, including those of different sciences, sometimes asynchronously. As a result, chemists, physicists or economists often have recourse to outdated results (including entire fields of mathematics that are no longer relevant to mathematicians). The originality of Numdam rests on four factors:
Only texts that have been approved and published are presented, excluding pre-publications.
Free access to documents, after a possible variable restriction of 2 to 10 years established by the publishers.
Journals are digitised from their beginning (sometimes mid-19th century) and recent articles are introduced as soon as they are published, when possible.
A great deal of attention is paid to data enrichment using matching which establishes links between the references of published articles quoted in bibliographies and the major mathematical bibliographic reference databases.
Numdam provides access to full texts of mathematical research publications:
in 48 journals and 38 seminars
in 7 collections out of which 4 lecture notes
Mathdoc has developed effective and ergonomic interfaces for browsing Numdam collections. Users can therefore browse Numdam collections volume-by-volume. Within each volume, they can then browse article-by-article. Users can then find additional information by clicking on the title of an article to access its full record, including a summary, bibliography, links to zbMATH, Jahrbuch and MathSciNet, BibTeX records, RIS or EndNote for export, How to cite / cite by, etc. The breadcrumb trail allows users to navigate from one article to another or return to the collection record in one click.
An advanced search interface also allows for multi-journal and multi-criteria access. The following fields are searchable: journal, author, title words, years, and full text. The interface also offers the possibility to refine the search using bibliographies. It is then possible to combine a search on an author who quotes another, which opens interesting perspectives during bibliographic searches.
Phases and Funding
As of year 2000, the French Ministry’s Research Department allocates a grant to the national initiative “Documentations Numériques en Mathématiques” (Digital Documentation in Mathematics) led by the CNRS and carried out by Mathdoc. This fund allows the implementation of the first pilot phase of digitisation. The online publication starts in 2003 and concerns 4 journals, a series of proceedings and a series of memoirs published either by academic or general publishers:
Management and scientific leadership
Administrative and financial management
Administrative and financial manager
Documentation and Cooperation
Documentation and cooperation manager
IT and development
System & network administrator
See the documents produced by Mathdoc on Numdam.