The World Wide Web is already the largest resource of mathematical knowledge, and its importance will be exponentiated by emerging display technologies like MathML. However, almost all mathematical documents available on the Web are marked up only for presentation, severely crippling the potentialities for automation, interoperability, sophisticated searching mechanisms, intelligent applications, transformation and processing. The goal of the project is to overcome these limitations, passing form a machine-readable to a machine-understandable representation of the information, and developing the technological infrastructure for its exploitation. MOWGLI builds on previous ``standards'' for the management and publishing of mathematical documents (MathML, OpenMath, OMDoc), integrating them with different XML technology (XSLT, RDF, ...).
The goal of the project is to provide a comprehensive description, from content to metadata, of a given field of knowledge (in our case mathematics), in order to enhance its accessibility, exchange and elaboration via the World Wide Web. MOWGLI will make an essential use of standard XML technology and aspires to become an example of ``best practice'' in its use, and a leading project in the new area of the Semantic Web.
In particular, we shall deeply explore the potentialities of XML in the following directions:
MOWGLI builds on the solid ground already provided by previous European projects (Such as OpenMAth and Euler) and several XML dialects for the management of mathematical documents (MathML, OpenMath, OMDoc, ...). All these languages cover different and orthogonal aspects of the information; our aim is not to propose a new standard, but to study and to develop the technological infrastructure required for taking advantage of the potentialities of all of them.