notes from my talk about planetmath at wikimania
Some notes for my talk:
Out of the shadow of Wikipedia: PlanetMath at Ten
Initial history of my involvement (walking along a hexagon-laid path)
Joining up: it seemed like a straight shot:
* Do mathematics the way we do free software
* Make free software that helps us do math.
* Have some discourse to help decide what to code.
And to some extent that's what we did.
But... As we look at the actual state of mathematics --
or much more broadly at the actual state of 'human knowledge' --
* Things are a bit broken.
* Yes, PlanetMath is still there, but it is currently
running without much support for further development.
* And as far as I can tell, the vision I described is not
really implemented anywhere.
This is why I'm asking "HOW CAN WE BUILD A FUNCTIONING
PLATFORM FOR CROWDSOURCING EDUCATION?"
I think we look around at free software projects that work
well (e.g. Firefox, Emacs, Linux kernel), there are some
features seem to apply quite generally.
* Plugin architecture
* Fork, branch, and merge
These ideas can be applied quite generally, but a few
words about how they can be applied in the case of
EYES AND HANDS
computer algebra systems
- Planetary Bugs
- Research Topics
- LaTeX help
- Math Comptetitions
- Math History
- Math Humor
- PlanetMath Comments
- PlanetMath System Updates and News
- PlanetMath help
- Strategic Communications Development
- The Math Pub
- Testing messages (ignore)
- Other useful stuff