The Engineering, Mathematics and Computing Hub (EMC) is part of the national Resource Discovery Network (RDN), and has been in existence for seven months. Of course, EEVL, the engineering gateway, has been operational for three-and-a-half years. The EMC Hub can be viewed as a collection of gateways (which may eventually become portals) with technical facilities and some co-ordination provided by Heriot-Watt University, rather than a new gateway in itself. The gateways in the Hub benefit greatly from the institutional support from Heriot-Watt University (EEVL), Cranfield University (who supply EEVL with records from their Aerospace and Defence Gateway, AERADE) and the University of Birmingham (MathGate). Funding for a third gateway/portal in computing and information sciences is under consideration by JISC. The Hub has web pages at http://www.emc.ac.uk which give basic information about the Hub, and points to the constituent gateways. Roddy MacLeod, the EEVL Manager has written in this edition of Ariadne about the latest activities of the EEVL gateway.
Work is now starting on the Mathematics Gateway, to be known as MathGate. A project officer has been appointed, Greig Fratus, who until recently worked as the Information Officer for CTI Mathematics at the University of Birmingham. Steve Hewett of Information Services at the University of Birmingham is the Project Manager.
MathGate aims to cover all areas of interest to the mathematics community in Higher Education and is collaborating with the mathematics branch of the LTSN (Learning and Teaching Support Network) Centre for Mathematics, Statistics and OR. It is hoped that it will be operational by summer 2000. MathGate will be available at www.mathgate.ac.uk. For more information, see http://www.emc.ac.uk/mathgate.html.