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Re: [Axiom-developer] Fwd: [sage-devel] NSF white paper draft - call for
Re: [Axiom-developer] Fwd: [sage-devel] NSF white paper draft - call for comments
Mon, 28 May 2007 20:45:01 -0700 (PDT)
--- Bill Page <address@hidden> wrote:
> Axiom Developers;
> The following draft white paper by David Joyner and William Stein
> (Sage developers) potentially affects NSF funding of other open
> source computer algebra projects including Axiom, I think Axiom
> developers might also care to comment to the authors.
Bill, thanks for posting this - if there is any chance of having a real
discussion with the NSF on this issue I think it is a very important
> We probably all agree that more NSF funding for open source computer
> algebra would be a good thing, although we might (strongly?) disagree
> on the priorities, e.g. Axiom versus Sage versus Maxima. Yet I think
> it is important that we somehow manage to present a united front to
> potential the funding authorities. Do you think that this white paper
> accomplishes that?
It does fairly well at being "united", I think. They seem to stress
open source as a means of verifiability, which in my opinion is
correct. I'll re-read it after some sleep, but I at least am not in a
real position to critique as they know the audience (the NSF) and I do
not. You guys out there who have done NSF work in the past, would this
> The authors being Sage developers, naturally present Sage in more
> detail than the other open source systems mentioned in the paper.
> Should other projects be asking for "equal time" in such a document
> or should each project submit a white paper of it's own?
Is there any chance they will actually be read? Those who have dealt
with the NSF in the past - are they more likely to pay attention if we
present a united front in a community wide position paper that include
a list of signatures?
I would suggest that a good way to approach this might be not as direct
competition for commercial software but as creating work they too could
use to increase the reliability of their results. Just a thought but
perhaps an approach can be found. I would be curious if most of
Mathematica and Maple's revenue comes from academia (who would probably
use a free CAS even w/o commercial support) or industry (who are
probably more likely to take the commercially supported solution.)
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