[seqfan] Interfaces to the OEIS:

N. J. A. Sloane njas at research.att.com
Mon Jan 26 19:05:02 CET 2009

Dear Sequence Fans

Thanks for all the replies.

Max Alekseyev said (today) that:

> ... other OEIS interfaces exist, e.g.:
> Math.OEIS for haskell:
> http://hackage.haskell.org/packages/archive/oeis/0.2/doc/html/Math-OEIS.html
> sage.databases.sloane in SAGE:
> http://www.sagemath.org/doc/ref/module-sage.databases.sloane.html
> etc. etc.
> I'm just curious whether each such interface should have a permission from Neil.
> For me such interfaces look like just a slightly different way to
> access OEIS, not stealing any intellectual rights.
> If there is no need to request a permission for using any particular
> browser (IE, Firefox, Chrome, Opera etc.) to access OEIS, why there is
> such a need for using math software instead of a browser?

Me: I agree with this point of view.  It is OK for browsers and mathematical software
to query the OEIS web site, as long as this is done within reasonable limits
(for example, it should not put too great a load on the server here).

On the other hand, it is not OK to distribute a copy of the OEIS 
with any software.

Neil Sloane

I will copy this to Alexey Beshenov and Andre Maute, who seem to be involved
with the Maxima interface to the OEIS, which is what started this thread.

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