## 1.1 Overview

Besides the book by Laumon and Moret-Bailly, see [LM-B], and the work (in progress) by Fulton et al, we think there is a place for an open source textbook on algebraic stacks and the algebraic geometry that is needed to define them. The Stacks Project attempts to do this by building the foundations starting with commutative algebra and proceeding via the theory of schemes and algebraic spaces to a comprehensive foundation for the theory of algebraic stacks.

We expect this material to be read online as a key feature are the hyperlinks giving quick access to internal references spread over many different pages. If you use an embedded pdf or dvi viewer in your browser, the cross file links should work.

This project is a collaborative effort and we encourage you to help out. Please email any typos or errors you find while reading or any suggestions, additional material, or examples you have to stacks.project@gmail.com. You can download a tarball containing all source files, extract, run make, and use a dvi or pdf viewer locally. Please feel free to edit the LaTeX files and email your improvements.

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