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The Math Images Project is a collaboration between [http://www.swarthmore.edu Swarthmore College], the [http://www.mathforum.org Math Forum at Drexel University], and the [http://www.nsdl.org National Science Digital Library] (NSDL). The purpose of this project is twofold: (1) to capture the interest of the general public through use of intriguing and attractive mathematical images; (2) through the process of constructing the site, to bring new learning possibilities to undergraduates and others who will develop the material on the wiki pages.
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The Math Images Project is a wiki collaboration between Swarthmore College, the Math Forum at Drexel University, and the National Science Digital Library. The Project aims to introduce the public to [[mathematics]] through beautiful and intriguing images found throughout the fields of math. Using Mediawiki, the Project encourages a collaborative atmosphere in which contributors find images, write an explanation, and educate members of the community through discussion.
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In particular, we are following the Wikipedia lead and using the Mediawiki software that powers Wikipedia since they have developed very good collaboration technology and software that makes contributing simple. We also admire their mathematics material and so will look for serendipitous ways of interacting.
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The site is currently under construction. The beta version is expected to online on August 1, 2008.
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==Collaboration==
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The National Science Digital Library and National Science Foundation provide the NDR, or National Science Digital Library Digital Repository. The NDR stores links and metadata to websites for use by educators and researchers. The Math Images Project uses the wiki extension built by the NSDL to submit page links and metadata to the NDR, allowing the Project to be of use to the greater education community.
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On a smaller scale, the wiki uses an internet forum wiki extension to replace the community portal, thus allowing easy discussion and administration of the threads. The new community portal is designed to allow easy interaction between contributors and the developers, as well as serving as a mini-blog and feedback forum.
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==Images==
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The Project, like Wikipedia, requests that all images be released under the GNU GPL in order to maintain the wiki attitude. Images are culled from Google Images or reputable educational sites, the authors located and emailed a letter requesting permission, and approved images are added to the wiki. Images are classified under levels of education required to understand and interpret them, and users can search for images by category.
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==Education==
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The main goal of the Project is education, and thus the wiki is oriented to provide the most useful educational experience to the community. The levels of education allow easy searching and collating of information, while the community discussion elaborates upon the basic information provided with each image.
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Ultimately, the Project hopes that contributors will work together to produce lesson plans that will be freely available to teachers on the Web.

Revision as of 15:18, 15 July 2008

The Math Images Project is a wiki collaboration between Swarthmore College, the Math Forum at Drexel University, and the National Science Digital Library. The Project aims to introduce the public to mathematics through beautiful and intriguing images found throughout the fields of math. Using Mediawiki, the Project encourages a collaborative atmosphere in which contributors find images, write an explanation, and educate members of the community through discussion.

The site is currently under construction. The beta version is expected to online on August 1, 2008.

Collaboration

The National Science Digital Library and National Science Foundation provide the NDR, or National Science Digital Library Digital Repository. The NDR stores links and metadata to websites for use by educators and researchers. The Math Images Project uses the wiki extension built by the NSDL to submit page links and metadata to the NDR, allowing the Project to be of use to the greater education community.

On a smaller scale, the wiki uses an internet forum wiki extension to replace the community portal, thus allowing easy discussion and administration of the threads. The new community portal is designed to allow easy interaction between contributors and the developers, as well as serving as a mini-blog and feedback forum.

Images

The Project, like Wikipedia, requests that all images be released under the GNU GPL in order to maintain the wiki attitude. Images are culled from Google Images or reputable educational sites, the authors located and emailed a letter requesting permission, and approved images are added to the wiki. Images are classified under levels of education required to understand and interpret them, and users can search for images by category.

Education

The main goal of the Project is education, and thus the wiki is oriented to provide the most useful educational experience to the community. The levels of education allow easy searching and collating of information, while the community discussion elaborates upon the basic information provided with each image.

Ultimately, the Project hopes that contributors will work together to produce lesson plans that will be freely available to teachers on the Web.

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