seeking help

N. J. A. Sloane njas at
Thu May 25 03:57:47 CEST 2000

It is time to share the work!

The amount of work needed to maintain the sequence database keeps growing
- new sequences pour in daily as well as updates to existing sequences-
and it is taking up too much of my time.
Most days i get over 50 email messages dealing with sequences.

Are there any people who would volunteer to help, to act as assistant editors,
so to speak?  The requirements are fluency in mathematics and English
and some familiarity with the database. A Unix computer is essential.

The idea would be that I would send out new sequences and the editor would 
reformat them and clean them up - correct the English, the grammar, 
spelling, punctuation, clarify the mathematical descriptions, fix the format of 
the lines (check that all the links are in properly formatted %H lines,
for example) and send them back to me and i would add them 
to the database. Or, of course, recommend that they be rejected.

I have a number of formatting programs that cut down on the work,
but they are all written for a Unix machine, in Fortran and the shell.

There could be several such editors, covering different areas.

The name of the editor would appear on the %A line, after the author's.

This might also be a possible summer job for a well-qualified student.

Finally, the work itself is extremely interesting and rewarding,
and the project of maintaining the database is a worthy one.

Neil Sloane
 Neil J. A. Sloane, njas at,
 AT&T Shannon Lab, 180 Park Ave, Room C233,
 Florham Park, NJ 07932-0971 USA.
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