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AMS Retrospective Digitization. Journals Mathematical Reviews Books Donald Babbitt Publisher, AMS. Journals. (1997) In partnership with JSTOR Digitized the backfiles of the 4 primary AMS journals: TRAN (1900—1991) PROC (1950—1991) MCOM (1960—1991) JAMS (1988—1991). Journals cont’d….

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Ams retrospective digitization

AMS Retrospective Digitization


Mathematical Reviews


Donald Babbitt

Publisher, AMS


  • (1997) In partnership with JSTOR

    • Digitized the backfiles of the 4 primary AMS journals:

      • TRAN (1900—1991)

      • PROC (1950—1991)

      • MCOM (1960—1991)

      • JAMS (1988—1991)

Journals cont d
Journals cont’d…

  • Digitized an additional volume each year, so collections on JSTOR are now through 1995.

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Journals cont’d…

  • Text:

    • Scanned at 600 dpi for viewing and printing

    • OCR file for searching

    • Bibliographic information and abstract (if available):

      • Keyboarded and available in PDF

Journals cont d2
Journals cont’d…

  • MSN Reviews link to full text articles in JSTOR

Journals cont d3
Journals cont’d…

  • Subscription model (through JSTOR):

    • Library must subscribe to entire JSTOR bundle of journals, priced by “size” of institution.

Journals cont d4
Journals cont’d…

  • (1999) Added an XML metadata file to each e-version of journal articles.

    • The metadata is used to imbed the AMS journals in large journal databases such as OCLC, SwetsNet and others.

Sample metadata file components

<!ELEMENT article












Sample Metadata File Components

Mathematical reviews mr
Mathematical Reviews (MR)

  • (1990) Bibliographic data keyboarded in TeX for all reviews in MR from 1940 to 1979. These were made available on MathSci Disc and online via Dialog.

Mathematical reviews cont d
Mathematical Reviews, cont’d…

  • (1997—1998) All reviews in MR keyboarded in TeX from 1940—1984. As the keyboarded reviews became available they were put on MathSciNet.

Ams books
AMS Books

  • (2000) Began to digitize monographs from the AMS backlist, both old and relatively new titles

    • Depending on the state of the files, scanned at 600 dpi with a PDF wrapper or created a PDF file (chapter at a time) from a TeX file.

Ams books cont d
AMS Books cont’d…

  • Posted 6 books in 2000

  • Posted 12 books in 2001

  • Expect to post at least 12 in 2002

  • Freely accessible on the AMS website (

Books available online
Books Available Online

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