Applications are closed
for this workshop

Open textbooks in MathBook XML

April 25 to April 29, 2016

at the

American Institute of Mathematics, San Jose, California

organized by

Rob Beezer, David Farmer, and Kent Morrison

This workshop, sponsored by AIM and the NSF, will bring together teams of authors of open source mathematics textbooks, developers of technical tools supporting authoring of these books, and experienced editors providing reviews, advice, and guidance. During the workshop, authors will begin by converting existing book projects from LaTeX to a highly structured format. This new format will then easily convert to print, PDF, HTML, EPUB, and Jupyter Notebooks.

In addition to facilitating source conversions, workshop activities will include learning the use of GitHub as a way to accept contributions and corrections from instructors and readers. Source-level graphics languages will be presented as a way to include graphics in an editable format. Sage Cell instances and live WeBWorK exercises will be presented as interactive mathematical elements of HTML output. Members of the AIM Open Texbook Editorial Board will assist authors with improvements to their texts. At the end of the workshop, authors will be well on their way to providing their textbooks in a way that attracts a broader community of readers and collaborators, is easier to maintain, encourages collaboration and takes advantage of the capabilities of formats beyond print and PDF.

The workshop will differ from typical conferences in some regards. Participants will be invited to suggest open problems and questions before the workshop begins, and these will be posted on the workshop website. These include specific problems on which there is hope of making some progress during the workshop, as well as more ambitious problems which may influence the future activity of the field. Lectures at the workshop will be focused on familiarizing the participants with the background material leading up to specific problems, and the schedule will include discussion and parallel working sessions.

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