There’s been lots of great discussion on the future of mathematical publishing in recent weeks, largely inspired by the boycott of Elsevier (1) (2) (3). Mostly this has been happening on blogs, particularly Tim Gower’s, but also here and a number of other places. There’s a nice index of this discussion in a wiki page on Michael Nielsen’s site, to the extent that it’s possible to index a discussion happening all over the internet!
I think a lot of people find it somewhat frustrating that this discussion is predominantly happening in blog comment threads, however. It’s hard to maintain conversations, and almost impossible to coordinate people with similar interests and concerns. Andrew Stacey and I thought that it might be helpful to set up a forum (like the nForum, associated the to nCafe, or meta.mathoverflow.net) to alleviate this.
Thus, please check out Math 2.0! We’ll see what sticks. :-)
Our hope is that this might provide a better home for more focused discussion, and a place for people who want to coordinate concrete next steps in reforming mathematical publishing. Come in and join us!