# Progress report for University of Warwick
Reporting period from March 2017 to January 2018
## Finance and administration
The Warwick team's financial position is tracked by administrative
staff at the Warwick Mathematics Institute, who also maintain
time-sheets for the ODK-funded staff at Warwick. The team's current
financial position is on track.
Chris Brady was hired as a Research Software Engineer from April 2017.
Thanks to joint funding from Warwick's Research Technology Platform in
Scientific Computing, Chris's post is permanent, and he is also
leading a new team of RSEs at Warwick in addition to ODK work. In
June, Chris was joined by Heather Ratcliffe, also with joint funding,
and since then Chris and Heather have each been devoting 30% of their
time to ODK work. Both are working on the LMFDB side of WP6, under
the direction of John Cremona, and since September 2017 are also
collaborating with Warwick LMFDB postdoc David Lowry-Duda.
In order to familiarise himself with the LMFDB codebase, concepts and
development model Chris Brady first developed a simple (but still
useful) interface between the LMFDB's Number Fields Collection and
Sage. Since June 2017, he and Heather Ratcliffe have developed a live
inventory system for the LMFDB, which is now part of the database
itself (so the LMFDB database is now, in a sense, self-documenting).
A prototype was presented at an LMFDB workshop in Warwick in June 2017
to receive early feedback from LMFDB developers. In December 2017,
after much testing a fine-tuning by a small set of developers, the
first release was made (accessible from beta.lmfdb.org/inventory)
which can be used by all LMFDB developers. As well as being a
necessary base on which to build a new API for the LMFDB, by
documenting precisely what objects and types are stored in the
database, the existence of this inventory has already revealed some
inconsistencies in certain LMFDB collections which are now able to be
## Work in progress
Since January 2018 work has started on designing a second-generation
API for the LMFDB, in collaboration with the Erlangen group for a
Math-in-the-Middle interface as well as Sage developers for the Sage
interface. The first collections to be treated will be Elliptic
Curves over Q and Number Fields which have the advantage of there
already existing well-developed Sage classes for such objects,
something which is not the case for many of objects stored in the
LMFDB collections. In the first half of 2018 a group from Warwick
plans to visit Erlangen to learn more about the MitM interface.
## Workshops and dissemination activities
The June LMFDB workshop was an opportunity to introduce Chris and
Heather to a wider group of LMFDB developers. Their ODK-funded work
on the inventory is already in daily use by LMFDB developers.
A new Simons Collaboration on Arithmetic Geometry, Number Theory, and
Computation (https://icerm.brown.edu/simonscollaboration/) started in
the northeast US in July 2017, with LMFDB development as one of its
aims. John Cremona is an Affiliated Scientist with this collaboration
and will represent ODK at its first biannual conference on algorithmic
number theory at MIT.