In a post some months ago, I promised to tell you more about WikIT, the mind mapping wiki but kept getting distracted. Now I have found a few minutes to keep my word.
WikIT is a facinating resource. It takes the line that different uses of ‘information maps’ (I’m planning a post about that phrase!) are best served by different map types and different rules. And it goes right ahead and supports this line with examples and advice.
This wiki covers the many types of maps – mind maps, concept maps, argument maps and others. It explains the variations and how you might choose one type if you’re learning something, another type if you’re planning a new project, and something else again if you’re doing some deep analysis. The main map types are introduced in a summary article here that branches out to many other pages.
Although it looks a lot like Wikipedia, and has the same types of search facilities, WikIT often uses mind maps for navigation – that must be a boon – and takes advantage of MindManager 8’s ability to deliver Flash and PDF mind maps that work, as well as looking pretty. You can click a link that will open a map from WikIT in your browser and start exploring.
The best place to start is the list of all the subjects covered by the wiki. Visit that and, if you’re like me, it will set you off on clicking trail from subject to subject. Not all articles are complete, but the planning has been pretty comprehensive (I detect planning by mind map!)
Information Tamers, who put this wiki together, have also remedied a hole in my site by adding a list of free mapping software on one of its pages. Price is a selection criterion that I didn’t think to include when I was deciding on the controls in the ‘Refine software list’ tab, and when I was approached for permission to use all the information I was happy to see it drawn on and filtered in this way. I always am, provided the source is acknowledged and linked to with a “follow” link. “Free” is the price that people are most often seeking for software, as well!
The master list of mind mapping &
information management software