The Math Gateway
In 2004 the National Science Foundation awarded the Mathematical Association of America a Pathways Grant as part of the National STEM (STEM is NSF-speak for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Digital Library (NSDL) Program. This four-year grant is supporting the creation of a portal, The Math Gateway, for undergraduate mathematics materials within NSDL. This project is bringing together collections with significant mathematical content and services of particular importance to the delivery and use of mathematics on the Web.
The Math Gateway project is an outgrowth of the Mathematical Sciences Conference Group on Digital Educational Resources. This group of individuals with an interest in online mathematics has met each year for the past four years at MAA headquarters. Many of the organizations represented at these meetings will participate in the Math Gateway. The initial participating organizations/collections are listed below.
(http://mathworld.wolfram.com) This extensive math encyclopedia is the work of Eric Weisstein at Wolfram Research.
(http://www.mathforum.org) The Math Forum is one of the oldest online resources in mathematics with a particular emphasis on K-12 mathematics.
(http://www.ilumina-dlib.org) The iLumina site, hosted at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, is one of the oldest collections in the NSDL.
(http://causeweb.org) The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is a project of the American Statistical Association.
Demos with Positive Impact
(http://mathdemos.gcsu.edu) This project is managed by Lila Roberts of Georgia College and State University and Dave Hill of Temple University. The site provides teachers with demos and accompanying information on how these demos might be used.
National Curve Bank
(http://curvebank.calstatela.edu) This site, directed by Shirley Gray at Cal State Los Angeles, has a wide range of online mathematical resources including an audio file of Tom Lehrer singing New Math.
Virtual Laboratories in Probability and Statistics
(http://www.math.uah.edu/stat)This site was developed by Kyle Siegrist at the University of Alabama at Huntsville.
Ethnomathematics Digital Library
(http://www.ethnomath.org) The Ethnomathematics Digital Library is a project of Pacific Resources for Education and Learning. The Library has links to relevant websites worldwide.
Duke Connected Curriculum Project
(http://www.math.duke.edu/education/ccp) This site has online materials for lab activities for undergraduate mathematics courses from precalculus through linear algebra, differential equations, and engineering mathematics. Lang Moore and David Smith edit the site.
This project is just getting underway under the direction of Paul Blanchard at Boston University.
(http://www.eduworks.com) The MAA and MathDL are cooperating with Geoff Collier and Robby Robson of Eduworks on their NSDL project to improve interoperability and reusability.
(http://webwork.math.rochester.edu) WeBWork, founded by Arnie Pizer and Mike Gage of Rochester University, is one of the most useful online homework systems for mathematics. MathDL will provide some services for WeBWork.
NSDL Middle School Portal
(http://msteacher.org) The NSDL Middle School Portal, a project created by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse, is an online resource for middle school science and math teachers.
(http://apcentral.collegeboard.com) At their AP Central site the College Board has a wealth of resources directed toward AP high school teachers. The Math Gateway would link to their resources for calculus and statistics.
(http://www.stat.berkeley.edu/users/mathsurv/) This project supports the development of online survey journals in the mathematical sciences.
(http://www.merlot.org) MERLOT provides access to an extensive collection of resources and services over many different disciplines.
Some of these collections include materials related to many disciplines. In that case, the Math Gateway will only link to the mathematics items.
The Math Gateway will feature a daily Math in the News column and This Day in Mathematics (from Convergence and will appear online at the end of March, 2006.