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Digital Projects

This is a bibliography of where major collections of the digital library of mathematics and statistics are being created and archived.  The sites include new literature that is being born digital and retrospective digitization of older materials.  I have not attempted to create a title by title list of all that is available since we all hope that this information can be machine harvested in the future.   The list of digital journals alone is dynamic and about 250 titles long.  The list of monograph titles is substantially larger.  I have not attempted to list large sites that may include only a very limited amount of mathematics (ie: Project Muse).  I have also not attempted to list small operations that are dutifully creating the digital text of one or two titles.

The listing can be different and/or more complete with your comments and suggestions.  I intend to make updates, additions, and correction on a regular basis.

Steven Rockey


  • AMS Digital Mathematics
  • DML:Digital Mathematics Library
  • WDML: World Digital Mathematics Library
  • Independent Collections
  • Cornell University Math Collection
    The Cornell University Math Collection consists of 577 books that were scanned from originals held by the Cornell University Library. All books were disbound and all pages were scanned.  The book can be viewed via the Web and facsimile paper reproductions are available for sale.
  • Project Euclid
    Cornell University Library and Duke University Press, in partnership with SPARC, have launched Project Euclid, an initiative to advance effective and affordable scholarly communication in theoretical and applied mathematics and statistics.
  • University of Michigan Historical Mathematics Collection
    The University of Michigan Historical Mathematics Collection is a growing library of books selected from the University of Michigan mathematics collection that have been digitized to improve access and to preserve the content of these books. All of the books in this collection were published in the 19th or early 20th century.
    JSTOR basic idea was to convert the back issues of paper journals into electronic formats that would allow savings in space while simultaneously improving access to the journal content.  The collection includes the complete back files of 16 mathematics journals and 20 statistics journals.  It also includes a number of general science journals that have mathematical and statistical articles.
  • Gallica
    This large collaborative project under the auspices of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France has 244 mathematics tiles including many important historic monographs, serial back sets, and collected works of mathematicians.
  • e-Print archive
    Starting in Decemvber 1997 (formerly added mathematics preprints to its a fully automated electronic archive.
  • Göttinger DigitalisierungsZentrum GDZ
    The Center for Retrospective Digitization in Göttingen (Göttinger DigitalisierungsZentrum GDZ) has done retrospective digitization of library materials as part of an initiative to build a German digital research library.  The Mathematica collection has 249 documents including journal sets and monographs.
  • Jahrbuch Project Electronic Research Archive for Mathematics (ERAM)
    The JFM database and the digital archive will include a digital archive of scanned in the relevant publications (up to 20 % of all publications).
  • Numérisation de documents anciens mathématiques (NUMDAM)
    Funded by the CNRS this is an ambitious project to digitize French mathematical journals. Four titles are now available for their first issue to a moving window back five years from the current year: Annales de l'institut Fourier, Journées equations aux dérivées partielles, Publications mathématiques de l'IHES, and Bulletin de la SMF. Other titles will appear before the end of 2003.
  • Electronic Library of Mathematics
    The Electronic Library of Mathematics contains online journals, article collections, and monographs in the field of mathematics. All material is in electronic form and access is free. The Electronic Library of Mathematics is supervised by the Electronic Publishing Committee of the European Mathematical Society (EPC-EMS).
  • Russian Digital Mathematics Library (RusDML)
    RusDML (Russian Digital Mathematics Library) is part of a global effort to make all mathematical literature digitally available to mathematicians around the world. The focus of the RusDML project. as its names suggests. is Russian-language literature. The first stage of this project is to digitalize the most important Russian-language journals from 1866 to the present.
  • Digitised European Periodicals (DIEPER)
    Partners from ten European countries have joined to build a virtual network and a central access point to make accessible periodicals that have been retrospectively digitised in Europe or anywhere else in the world. Six periodicals centered on mathematics have been selected for testing.

Society & University Press Collections

  • American Mathematical Society
    The AMS has 8 research journal available online.  Several titles are available all the way back to their founding through the AMS and in some cases JSTOR.   In addition the AMS provides online availability for some journals that it distributes for other publishers.
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
    SIAM has 11 research journals available online.  Several titles are available all the way back to their founding through the SIAM and in some cases JSTOR.  
  • Cambridge University Press
    CUP has 14 mathematics journals available online.  Most titles are available back to 1997.
  • Oxford University Press
    OUP publishes 12 mathematics and statistics journals including several titles published for the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).  Many titles are available back to 1998.

Commercial Publisher Based Collections