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PlanetMath is a free, collaborative, online mathematics encyclopedia. The emphasis is on peer review, rigour, openness, pedagogy, real-time content, interlinked content, and community. Intended to be comprehensive, the project is located at the Digital Library Research Lab at Virginia Tech. Image File history File links Planetmath. ... Euclid, Greek mathematician, 3rd century BC, as imagined by by Raphael in this detail from The School of Athens. ... Brockhaus Konversations-Lexikon, 1902 An encyclopedia, encyclopaedia or (traditionally) encyclopædia,[1] is a comprehensive written compendium that contains information on all branches of knowledge or a particular branch of knowledge. ... Peer review (known as refereeing in some academic fields) is a scholarly process used in the publication of manuscripts and in the awarding of funding for research. ... Pedagogy is the art or science of teaching. ... A community usually refers to a sociological group in a large place or collections of plant or animal organisms sharing an environment. ... This article or section should include material from Virginia Bioinformatics Institute. ...

PlanetMath was started when the popular free online mathematics encyclopedia MathWorld was taken offline by a court injunction as a result of the CRC Press lawsuit against the Wolfram Research company and its employee (and MathWorld's author) Eric Weisstein. MathWorld is an online mathematics reference work, sponsored by Wolfram Research Inc. ... The CRC Press, LLC is a publishing group which specializes in producing technical books in a wide range of subjects. ... Wolfram Research is part of the Wolfram Group which consists of four companies: Wolfram Research Inc. ... Dr. Eric W. Weisstein Encyclopedist Dr. Eric W. Weisstein (born March 18, 1969, in Bloomington, Indiana) is a noted encyclopedist in several technical areas of science and mathematics. ...

PlanetMath uses the same copyleft GFDL license used by Wikipedia. An author who starts a new article becomes the owner of that article; he or she may then choose to grant editing rights to other individuals or groups. All content is written in LaTeX, a typesetting system that requires some learning but is popular among mathematicians because of its support of the technical needs of mathematical typesetting and its high-quality output. The user can explicitly create links to other articles, and the system also automatically turns certain words into links to the defining articles. The topic area of every article is classified by the Mathematics Subject Classification (MSC) of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). The reversed c in a full circle is the copyleft symbol (left). ... GNU logo (similar in appearance to a gnu) The GNU Free Documentation License (GNU FDL or simply GFDL) is a copyleft license for free content, designed by the Free Software Foundation (FSF) for the GNU project. ... Wikipedia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... The LaTeX logo, typeset with LaTeX LATEX, written as LaTeX in plain text, is a document markup language and document preparation system for the TeX typesetting program. ... The Mathematics Subject Classification (MSC) is a numerical classification scheme formulated by the American Mathematical Society. ... The American Mathematical Society (AMS) is dedicated to the interests of mathematical research and education, which it does with various publications and conferences as well as annual monetary awards to mathematicians. ...

Users may attach addenda, errata and discussions to articles. A system for private messaging among users is also in place.

The software running PlanetMath is written in Perl and runs on Linux and the web server Apache. It is known as Noƶsphere and has been released under the free BSD License. Perl is a dynamic programming language created by Larry Wall and first released in 1987. ... Linux (IPA pronunciation: ) is a Unix-like computer operating system family that uses the Linux kernel. ... Apache HTTP Server is an open source HTTP web server for Unix platforms (BSD, Linux, and UNIX systems), Microsoft Windows, and other platforms. ... Noösphere is a free open-source wiki server. ... The BSD license is a permissive license and is one of the most widely used free software licenses. ...

The Wikipedia:WikiProject Mathematics/PlanetMath Exchange project assists in content exchange between PlanetMath and Wikipedia.

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At Wikiversity, you can learn about:
  • PlanetMath
  • PlanetPhysics

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PlanetMath - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (290 words)
PlanetMath was started when the popular free online math encyclopedia MathWorld was taken offline by a court injunction as a result of the CRC Press lawsuit against the company Wolfram Research and its author and employee Eric Weisstein.
An author who starts a new article becomes the owner of that article; he or she may then choose to grant editing rights to other individuals or groups.
The software running PlanetMath is written in perl and runs on Linux and the web server Apache.
Building a Digital Library the Commons-based Peer Production Way (5612 words)
My own project, PlanetMath [Krowne et al., 2001], is another example, and I will use it (and the Noosphere system that it runs) as a case study here.
PlanetMath's inclusion in the National Science Digital Library [NSDL], a federation of over one hundred digital libraries, illustrates an openness to including CBPP-type projects into digital library federation efforts, and is an acknowledgement of the worth and quality possible in CBPP digital libraries.
Their enthusiasm for the efforts discussed here and desire to see their wider recognition and employment is the reason you are reading this.
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