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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

SLA PAM Division Math Roundtable: Math blogging
There are quite a few math bloggers and some physicists who do a lot of math, mathematicians who work in physics, and math librarians.

Brief agenda:

- Reverse chronological listing of discrete posts each with a permalink, and frequently the ability to comment/trackback. Has an archive that allows retrieval by date and may have a way to retrieve by assigned category.

V.V. quick discussion (no notes here, even!)

How mathematicians use blogs:

(note: not based on research, but an unscientific reading of a few of the most popular)

Not trivial perhaps, but solutions exist! (little joke there, get it?)

Expect updates, will be cross-posted to the PAM blog.

update 1: more on Chapter 0, changed publishing date to reflect when I published, not started typing

Brief agenda:

- what's a blog
- v. v. quick discussion of informal scholarly communication of mathematicians
- how mathematicians use blogs (by example)
- doing math on blogs
- listing of a few math blogs

- Reverse chronological listing of discrete posts each with a permalink, and frequently the ability to comment/trackback. Has an archive that allows retrieval by date and may have a way to retrieve by assigned category.

V.V. quick discussion (no notes here, even!)

How mathematicians use blogs:

(note: not based on research, but an unscientific reading of a few of the most popular)

- notes on readings outside of their core field
- discussions of controversies in evolution, string theory...
- math and the public
- math and teaching
- life as a graduate student

Not trivial perhaps, but solutions exist! (little joke there, get it?)

- MathML - IE requires a plug-in, but Firefox gets it
- Itex to MathML (a flavor of LaTex)
- MovableType plug-in see results: http://golem.ph.utexas.edu/~distler/blog/

- Ars Mathematica - group blog
- Never Ending Books - professor in Europe
- Diary of a Black Mathematician - professor
- Gooseania - grad student in the UK
- Chapter 0 - uses latex renderer that uses title= and alt= for equation image so content is web searchable
- ecstatic over numbers - a Singaporean
- Not Even Wrong - a famous blog (may be controversial) from a math professor

Expect updates, will be cross-posted to the PAM blog.

update 1: more on Chapter 0, changed publishing date to reflect when I published, not started typing

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