Rules for the Demailly prize

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The SMF, SMAI and SFdS, in association with the Epijournal de Géométrie Algébrique, have decided to create the "Jean-Pierre Demailly Prize for Open Science in Mathematics". This biennial prize, to be awarded for the first time in 2024, will recognize a project that contributes to open science in mathematics, whether in scientific publishing, collaboration between mathematicians, or free software in mathematics. The prize aims to further highlight the importance of these issues, as well as emphasizing contributions for the benefit of the scientific community as a whole, rather than individual achievements.
General rules

  • Applications. Only projects for which an application has been submitted will be considered. It is possible to apply for one's own project or for a project that one appreciates. The jury may request applications.
  • Conflicts of interest with jury members. It is the responsibility of the Awards Committee to identify candidates in conflict of interest with one or more members of the jury (and who will therefore not be considered).
  • Relevant aspects concerned. All aspects of the profession of teacher-researcher are eligible: for example, teaching, research, publishing, etc. However, projects relating to distribution to the general public are excluded, as other prizes already exist.

Selection criteria

  • Scope of the project. What part of the mathematical community does the project reach? Is it aimed at all mathematicians, or at a particular thematic or geographical community? Or, on the contrary, does it go beyond the mathematical community (open to other disciplines, the general public, etc.)? What aspects of the mathematical profession does this project concern (research, teaching, publishing, etc.)?
  • Innovation and impact. How does the project differ from what already exists? What are the benefits for the mathematical community? Is the project likely to change (or encourage changes in) the way researchers collaborate or share information?
  • Project accessibility. Has broad accessibility (including to countries or communities with less reliable technical resources) been considered? What means have been put in place to ensure this accessibility, in terms of ergonomics/ease of use, information dissemination (advertising, distribution via institutional channels, etc.) and technical aspects?
  • Project sizing and financing. Is the project and its offshoots non-profit? How many volunteers and paid staff are involved? Is the financial contribution requested from project users in line with the real costs of deploying the project? Have specific rates been set up for low-income countries and communities?
  • Sustainability. Has consideration been given to the project's long-term viability? What has been put in place (or is planned to be put in place) to ensure the long-term success of the project?