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Software for mindmapping and information organization

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Software for mindmapping and
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  Est.Vic Gee/2006, curated by Roy Grubb since 2013 
  From:  AKS-Labs   Product:  Mind Pad    Added:  2006-01-26
Screenshot mind mapping software Mind Pad     Screenshot mind mapping software Mind Pad     Screenshot mind mapping software Mind Pad    
What they say:  " Mind Pad is knowledge representing software, that supports some basic techniques, such as mindmaps, process maps and concept maps. ... allows [you] to create mind and concept maps basing not just on creating and linking text blocks. Mind Pad allows organize objects with any properties set in maps. With Mind Pad scripting you are able to create your own rules for data management."
Observations:  The claim of process mapping capabilities seems to be closer to flowcharting than true process mapping as offered by Optima! Or iGrafx. G+
Where:  http://www.mind-pad.com/
OS: Windows
Price:  US$70
Categories: concept maps, flowcharts, information management, mind maps
  From:  Alexander Larsson. Current maintainers: Lars Clausen & Hans Breuer   Product:  Dia    Added:  2007-09-02
Screenshot mind mapping software Dia     Screenshot mind mapping software Dia     Screenshot mind mapping software Dia    
What they say:  " Dia is roughly inspired by the commercial Windows program 'Visio', though more geared towards informal diagrams for casual use. It can be used to draw many different kinds of diagrams. It currently has special objects to help draw entity relationship diagrams, UML diagrams, flowcharts, network diagrams, and many other diagrams. It is also possible to add support for new shapes by writing simple XML files, using a subset of SVG to draw the shape.

It can load and save diagrams to a custom XML format (gzipped by default, to save space), can export diagrams to a number of formats, including EPS, SVG, XFIG, WMF and PNG, and can print diagrams (including ones that span multiple pages)."
Observations:  http://downloads.sourceforge.net/dia-installer/dia-setup-0.96.1-7.exe G+
Where:  http://live.gnome.org/Dia
OS: Linux, Unix, Windows
Price:  Free (GPL)
Categories: diagramming, flowcharts
  From:  Alexandru Gheorghiu   Product:  Diagramo    Added:  2015-12-30
Screenshot mind mapping software Diagramo     Screenshot mind mapping software Diagramo     Screenshot mind mapping software Diagramo    
What they say:  " Share and collaborate
Share diagrams with other teammates. Or make them public if you want.
Export to PNG and JPEG
You can export diagrams in PNG of JPEG format."
Observations:  Free, open source diagram-making tool. Makes mind maps, business diagrams, flowcharts, room layouts, etc. using HTML5 (no Flash or Java). You can install this on your own server. G+
Where:  http://diagramo.com/
OS: browser based (HTML5)
Price:  Free
Categories: diagramming, flowcharts, mind maps
Visual representation of knowledge

Here are some links to articles on the visual representation of knowledge by Sigmar-Olaf Tergan, an academic leader in the field

An overview of concept mapping

This is a 1997 article by Eric Plotnick, from the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology Syracuse NY

Concept maps and web research

For me, web research and concept maps are a good pairing. As I research - I build a map. As I map - I realise new areas that need research.
This papers variously by Arguedas, CaƱas, Carnot, Carvalho, Dunn, Eskridge, Gram, Leake, Maguitman, Muldoon and Reichherzer have helped me to understand why, and see other possibilities.

Assessment by concept map

This piece discusses the nature of knowledge, the difficulty in measuring achievement in the three types of domain knowledge, and how concept maps offer one way of judging students' knowledge structure.

Framework for mind mapping

Here is a link to a set of free templates for many types of mind maps. This is good solid stuff, and if you have MindManager, there's no reason not to get it.
But if you don't have MindManager, well, there's still no reason to hold back - go and pick up the MindManager Viewer from MindJet's site. That is also free.

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