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  Est.Vic Gee/2006, curated by Roy Grubb since 2013 
  From:  Austhink Software Pty Ltd.   Product:  Rationale    Added:  2007-07-07
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What they say:  " Rationale(tm) is the first high-quality software for argument mapping, the diagramming of reasoning and argument.
Rationale(tm) helps:
Professionals handle complex reasoning and decision making more effectively. Students learn the fundamentals of good reasoning, critical thinking, and argumentative essay writing.
A good map clarifies and organizes thinking by showing the logical relationships between thoughts that are expressed simply and precisely.
Argument maps are driven by asking, 'Should I believe that? Why, or why not?'.

You can produce two kinds of argument maps in RationaleTM:
1. Reasoning maps, which lay out arguments in a quick, intuitive way
2. Analytic maps, which enable a more careful and rigorous analysis of an argument."
Observations:  Rationale is available as a stand-alone desktop application, or as a browser-based online service. There's a review of the on-line service at the blog

The site defines argument maps as 'box-and-line diagrams that lay out visually reasoning and evidence for and against a statement or claim.'

When Austhink released bCisive there was some discussion about their differences on the Rationale Google Group. The company responded in this way: ''bCisive is intended for the 'professional' or workplace market and is oriented towards business decision making. Rationale is being repositioned as a purely educational product, focusing on reasoning, argument and critical thinking.

In bCisive, you'll find much stronger support for decision making (inc. the ''decision summary'' which automatically generates the rationale behind decisions), for formatting of maps, and for communicating with others. Also, a lot of work has gone into making it even more easy to use.

Somebody whose main interest is using this kind of tool in the workplace, specifically for decisions, will find bCisive a much more suitable tool. But somebody who is interested in teaching the fundamentals of reasoning and critical thinking will find Rationale more suitable.'' See also G+

OS: Windows
Price:  Desktop: AU$109/3yr (Educational disc.50%); Online: US$45/90/180;
Categories: argument maps, belief networks
Writing, come what may

There's only a brief mention of mindmapping here, but it's obviously important to the author. Anyway, to me it's a great article on getting moving with writing. I hope you find it so, too.

Project estimating – Mindmaps are a tool in the armory

The key to getting something useful out of this article is to read the author’s title carefully. Mind mapping simplifies the process of project estimating -- it doesn’t simplify the actual task-time estimation. Every project manger knows that the work of a project must be broken into separate and manageable units for estimating. To look at a project and think “That’s about a week’s effort” is a recipe for frustration and missed targets. Mindmaps, spider diagrams and bubble charts are excellent for the first phase of breaking a project into manageable parts. For me mindmaps, as strictly defined by Buzan’s rules, are less suitable than spider diagrams for this type of analysis, but we can assume that Dr. Mariaraj is not being too strict in his use of the term below.

Tony Buzan has defined these "rules" for Mind Mapping:

I believe these rules are well worth following if you use mindmaps for learning. They are very hard to follow completely and rigidly - and its not worth trying I have found - if you use mindmaps in adult life, in your work or projects.

Who invented mind mapping

This comes up from time to time - usually in the form of "Buzan didn't invent mind mapping".

Underlying theory of Concept Maps

Here are links to important scholarly papers by Joseph D. Novak and Alberto J. Cañas on Concept Maps, their theory and construction.