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\begin{document}
\signature{Volker Sorge}
\address{Volker Sorge\\
School of Computer Science\\
University of Birmingham\\
B15 2TT, UK}
\begin{letter}{Grants Department \\ Sloan Foundation}
\opening{Dear Sir or Madam:}
% A brief statement (two or three sentences) about the nature and purpose of the proposed project;
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This letter is a brief description of a proposal that has been drafted
by a group of interested persons in response to the report
\emph{Developing a 21st Century Global Library for Mathematics
Research} written under the auspices of the National Research
Council, and given further form as a new Global Digital Mathematics
Library initiative.
We would like to build a public mathematics library by bringing
together the world's free mathematics material in one place, using
existing open source software tools.
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We will populate the library with an extensive body of mathematics,
including books in the public domain, and research articles available
under a non-restrictive copyright license.
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We will pilot features that facilitate computer-mediated and
computationally-driven improvements to the library's contents, to
develop further in collaboration with the Global Digital Mathematics
Library working group.
The expected full cost of the project is \$150,000, including
personnel and material costs. Project members will be independent
contractors, which will keep overheads at a minimum, but note that we
would request that the Sloan Foundation fund this entire amount. We
are setting up an organizational structure through the American
Mathematical Society, where we can build on existing infrastructure
with a low overhead.
We expect the project to run 18 months, during which we would expend
around 6,750 person hours.
The primary participants in the project are:
\begin{itemize}[label={},itemsep=-5pt]
\item {\scshape Volker Sorge} (University of Birmingham, UK)\\
\item {\scshape Peter Krautzberger} (American Mathematical Society, USA)\\
\item {\scshape Raymond Puzio} (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA) \\
\item {\scshape Joseph Corneli} (Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK) \\
\item {\scshape Mitar Milutinovic} (PeerLibrary \& UC Berkeley, USA) \\
\item {\scshape Michael Furlough} (Hathi Trust, USA) \\
\item {\scshape Dan Cohen} (Digital Public Library of America, USA)
\end{itemize}
We hope that we have inspired interest in a full description of the
proposed project.
\closing{With regards,}
\end{letter}
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