looking for volunteers! the idea is to start a collaborative, open source, open/network-science-based attack on the boundaries and frontiers of mathematics and computer science. esp seeking students and researchers/academics in mathematics and computer science.

just leave a reply if interested. tell a little about yourself and any more detail about what you’re interested in. (see also chat or open science/ collaboration/ collective intelligence news/ stories/ links etc.)

model resources/ results for projects along these lines:

more recently the crack international Polymath cyberteam succeeded in dramatically improving the breakthrough/ historic Zhang twin prime result!

these are six short dramatic accounts of two singularly notable, historic, basically successful collaborative projects launched within the last few years and which received widespread/major media and scientific attention, the Gowers DHJ theorem project and the Deolalikar proof cyberspatial group evaluation/refereeing.

these are two detailed scientific papers analyzing the DHJ theorem attack dynamics.

5 thoughts on “volunteer

  1. Daniel M.

    Very interesting. Sure makes we dream of harnessing that power into one of our favorite curious mathematical or conceptual topics with potential for exploration.

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  5. Michael Wehar

    I’m glad that you’re passionate about this. Here are some of my initial thoughts.

    I think maybe you should start by picking just a few very specific problems and providing all the appropriate resources related to these problems.

    I think that step 1 would be to get a few specialized and interested people to join your attack on these specific problems. Step 2 would be to branch out incrementally to more general and broad topics/problems (or groups of people).

    One time I had the idea of there being a website called openproblems.com where people could post there problem and there would be a list of all related literature and all proposed solutions and all community discussions (all neatly organized). Then, people could vote and there would be a ranked list of all of them.

    Then, I realized that although stackexchange is not this, it already has a community and accomplishes some of this. Math is a somewhat specialized subject and you would have to compete to take people from stackexchange to your site. After talking with a friend in business about his start-up project, he told me a lot about his plans to get a very specialize audience and gradually branch out in phases. I liked his plan and that’s where my step 1 and step 2 came from.

    At some point, I’ll check back to see if you get any volunteers. Hope all is well and I appreciate always seeing your positive presence on stackexchange. :)


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