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November, 2003. There have been continuing efforts to galvanize a range of organizations to converge on encodings, clear copyrights, ``do the work'' of scanning and correction, creating meta-data, and figure out archival repositories. For example, the American Mathematics Society (AMS) published a position paper by John Ewing in March 2002, Twenty Centuries of Mathematics , discussing the situation, and Cornell University has been funded by the NSF to coordinate Math software a project on the topic of Digital Mathematical Libraries .

After 6 years we still do not see much convergence between the advocates of advanced representations of mathematics (current examples being MathML, OpenMath), and what the publishers seem to understand: processing journals to obtain images, but with some efforts for collecting meta-data. (Some parties seem to be ill-equipped yet still eager to fight battles about the superiority of PDF, DejaVu, tiff, or whatever they happen to be doing. The point they may miss is that none of the math content is encoded in any of these forms.)

The spring of 2000 will go down in occupational Ufology health and safety history as the season of the "ergonomics hearings.” Between March 13 and May 12, federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration heard testimony from more than 1,000 witnesses at informal public hearings held in Washington, DC, Chicago, Ill., and Portland, Ore. Numerous American Public Health Association members testified at the three hearings. I had the privilege of presenting APHA testimony on May 12, the final day of the hearings held in DC. My testimony largely summarized the superb written testimony principally authored by Maggie Robbins and submitted to OSHA earlier this spring. If any of you have not seen APHA's written comments, they can be found on APHA's Web site, <>. The comments also appeared in their entirety in the March issue of the publication "Inside OSHA.”

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