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The mathematical reviews database past present and future

The Mathematical Reviews Database: Past, Present and Future

Jane Kister

Mathematical Reviews

Ann Arbor, March 18, 2002


Mission statement
Mission Statement

Since its founding in 1940, Mathematical Reviews (MR) has aimed to serve researchers and scholars in the mathematical sciences by providing timely information on articles and books that contain new contributions to mathematical research.


Outline history
Outline History

1940 First issue of paper MR

1982 MathFile available on line through vendors

1985 Name changed to MathSci

1989 MathSciDisc 1985-current introduced

1991 MathSciDisc 1980-84 introduced

1992 MathSciDisc 1940-79 (biblio only)

1996 MathSciNet introduced

1999 Reviews 1940-79 added

2001 Reference lists added to MRDB


Volume 1, no. 1

176 reviews

32 pages


2002a issue

4509 reviews

770 pages


Microfilm

number

Reference to

earlier review

 Info for finding

item in library

Review 1,139e

Review number 1,139e


Author primary

Review number 8,187b


Forward citations to

later reviews


Outline history1
Outline History

1940 First issue of paper MR

1979 Moved to computerized typesetting

1982 MathFile (1973-79 biblio data + reviews 1980-)

1983 Biblio data 1959-72 added to MathFile

1985 MathFile renamed MathSci; TeX introduced

1989 MathSciDisc 1985-current introduced

1991 MathSciDisc (1980-84) introduced

1992 1940-79 biblio dataadded

1996 MathSciNet introduced


Digitization of reviews
Digitization of reviews

  • Reviews from 1985 in TeX

  • What to do about earlier reviews?

    Scanned images (no search)

    Scanned images + OCR (math?)

    Rekeying ($$$$)


Outline history2
Outline History

1940 First issue of paper MR

1979 Moved to computerized typesetting

1982 MathFile (1973-79 biblio data + reviews 1980-)

1983 Biblio data 1959-72 added to MathFile

1985 MathFile renamed MathSci; TeX introduced

1989 MathSciDisc 1985-current intriduced

1991 MathSciDisc (1980-84) introduced

1992 1940-79 biblio dataadded

1996 MathSciNet introduced

1999 Reviews 1940-79 added


Review 1,139e

Review number 1,139e


Link to Erdos items

Link to reviews citing 1,139e

Link to earlier review


A subset of Erdos’ 1542 items in MathSciNet!


Link to

original

Link to Erdos items

Link to reviews citing 1,139e

Link to earlier review



Outline history3
Outline History

1940 First issue of paper MR

1979 Moved to computerized typesetting

1982 MathFile (1973-79 biblio data + reviews 1980-)

1983 Biblio data 1959-72 added to MathFile

1985 MathFile renamed MathSci; TeX introduced

1989 MathSciDisc 1985-current introduced

1991 MathSciDisc (1980-84) introduced

1992 1940-79 biblio dataadded

1996 MathSciNet introduced

1999 Reviews 1940-79 added

2001 Reference lists added


Reference lists
Reference lists

  • 65 selected journals

  • reference lists from 2000 forward to start

  • reference lists 1997-99 added in 2002

  • currently ~9,500 lists, almost 200,000 references






Other plans
Other plans

  • More links to original articles

  • More reference lists (including publisher-submitted lists)

  • Biblio data for pre-1940 items + links to originals


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