In response to the internet revolution in electronic publishing and communication, the CEIC was formed in 1998 to monitor such developments and advise the IMU and, through it, the worldwide mathematics community.

The Internet, and the WWW, have transformed mathematical communication in at least as great a way as the introduction of journals. This transformation is affecting all disciplines, and many of the commercial pressures are beyond the control of mathematicians, but nevertheless mathematics, by its intrinsic nature and world-wide scope, has a distinctive approach to this change. This transformation has occurred very rapidly, and the societal habits of mathematicians - citation, reputation, and for many mathematicians, subjects like promotion and working conditions - are still evolving to respond to this transformation. The IMU's Executive Committee therefore formed the Committee on Electronic Information and Communication (CEIC) in 1998 to watch these developments, advise EC, and through it the IMU, and mathematicians generally, about these trends, and the best way of evolving practice to adapt to these changes. See the CEIC Terms of Reference for details.

Recently, a report was published by the US National Research Council on Developing a 21st Century Global Library for Mathematics Research. A summary of its findings can be found here. The topic of a Global Digital Mathematical Library will also be discussed at an ICM panel (see below).

CEIC is organizing 3 panels at ICM 2014:

  • August 18, 18:00-19:30 : Massive Open Online Courses (or MOOCs)
  • August 19, 18:00-19:30 : Electronic Publishing and Open Access
  • August 20, 18:00-19:30 : World Digital Mathematical Library

The CEIC organized the Symposium on The Future World Heritage Digital Mathematics Library, June 1-3, 2012, at the National Academy of Sciences.  The meeting was supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.   Participants, keynote talks, position statements, panel discussions, breakout sessions and more can all be found on the Conference Wiki.

Of particular note are the following IMU/CEIC publications:

  • Best Current Practices for Journals (2010)
  • Call to All Mathematicians to Make Publications Electronically Available (2001)
  • Copyright Recommendations (2001)
  • Additional CEIC Recommendations and Publications can be found here.

Also of interest is the IMU/ICIAM Blog on Mathematical Journals (2011-2012).