PlanetMath


PlanetMath

Infobox Website
name = PlanetMath



caption =
url = http://planetmath.org/
commercial = No
type = Internet encyclopedia project
language = English
registration = Available
owner = Virginia Tech
author = Nathan Egge, Aaron Krowne
launch date =
current status = active
revenue =

PlanetMath is a free, collaborative, online mathematics encyclopedia. The emphasis is on peer review, rigour, openness, pedagogy, real-time content, interlinked content, and community. [http://planetmath.org/?op=about PlanetMath: ] ] Intended to be comprehensive, the project is located at the Digital Library Research Lab at Virginia Tech. [ [http://planetmath.org/?op=getobj&from=collab&id=36#mathworld PlanetMath: New User Guide ] ]

PlanetMath was started when the popular free online mathematics encyclopedia MathWorld was taken offline for 12 months 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.

PlanetMath content is licensed under the ‘copyleftGNU Free Documentation License. [ [http://planetmath.org/?op=license PlanetMath: ] ] An author who starts a new article becomes the copyright holder 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 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).

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 Noösphere and has been released under the free BSD License.

ee also

*List of online encyclopedias

References

External links

* [http://planetmath.org PlanetMath]
* [http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/reprint/308/5729/1721c.pdf Article on PlanetMath in the science magazine of the AAAS]


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