During the past decade, the massive worldwide conversion of learning content from print and other older media on to digital networks has created gatekeepers who limit access to their digital content or require online users to pay for it.
A variety of gatekeepers have made a third choice:
August 17, 2006
In its "about" section, MathWorld describes itself as follows:
MathWorld, in addition to being an excellent place to learn math and/or check information about math, the website is a showcase for the Wolfram software called Mathematica. The "about" page says on that subject:
MathWorld's role as a showcase for a math product forces the website to meet the highest possible standard of quality for its subject. It would not do for there to be sloppy math in the content offered to the public. Bad content would reflect on the product being showcased. Conversely, because MathWorld is very attractive and accurate to a fault, it is likely to be an asset to the product Mathematic. Wolfram is winning good will and customers while its users are profiting from quality open educational resources.