It seems that even in the age of Internet, most mathematical collaborations are born (and pursued) off-line.

However, I wonder if there exists a "matchmaking website" for mathematical collaboration on specific projects.

I'm thinking of MathOverflow meets Upwork, which may turn out to be very useful in a variety of circumstances (and indeed, if there is no such website, it could be something worth thinking about).


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    $\begingroup$ There are polymath projects where a wiki is used to collect and organize work. There is MathOverflow where various specific topics are presented and those who wish to pursue further can use MathOverflow or email or some other means. (I did this last year with Jose Brox.) There are blogs where commentary and ideas are solicited with links to Github and other repositories of proofs, programs, and data. What would be lacking from a combination of these methods for doing a collaboration? Use a web search to find projects. Gerhard "Let's Get Together On This" Paseman, 2019.01.06. $\endgroup$ – Gerhard Paseman Jan 6 at 22:22
  • $\begingroup$ @GerhardPaseman A specifically dedicated space for systematic usage is precisely what is lacking (as opposed to various tiny scattered places). $\endgroup$ – Dal Jan 6 at 23:16
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    $\begingroup$ "Hmm, Smith has expertise in Lie groups, viscosity methods, and KPZ universality, which are just what this project needs. But he puts $2\pi$ in the exponent when writing a Fourier transform? Swipe left." $\endgroup$ – Nate Eldredge Jan 7 at 19:28
  • $\begingroup$ IMO such a website should not be limited to collaboration in only mathematics; rather it should be a matchmaking in any math, sci, or engineering projects, with math collab being one of the collab sister sites, much like MO is one of several Stack Exchange sister sites. That way collab can extend to other areas as well. $\endgroup$ – Michael Jan 7 at 20:09
  • $\begingroup$ @Michael I agree. Organizing a StackExchange type network to foster project specific collaborations instead of Q&A would seem a useful proposal. $\endgroup$ – Dal Jan 8 at 0:49

Since a specific website dedicated to the purpose described in the question seems to be missing, it would seem interesting to me to create and mantain two meta posts on Meta-Mathoverflow:

  1. where each answer could be an offer of assistance (on a certain range of topics),

  2. another where each answer could be a project in need a collaborator.

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    $\begingroup$ That would be an inappropriate use of meta. $\endgroup$ – Andy Putman Jan 7 at 19:21
  • $\begingroup$ @AndyPutman Why? $\endgroup$ – Dal Jan 8 at 0:49
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    $\begingroup$ Because meta is intended for questions about MO. $\endgroup$ – Andy Putman Jan 8 at 3:51

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