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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
Screenshot mind mapping software Rationale     Screenshot mind mapping software Rationale     Screenshot mind mapping software Rationale    
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 http://www.mind-mapping.org/blog/2014/01/austhinks-argument-mapping-goes-online/.

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 http://www.austhink.com/rationale/ G+

Where:  http://www.rationaleonline.com/
OS: Windows
Price:  Desktop: AU$109/3yr (Educational disc.50%); Online: US$45/90/180;
Categories: argument maps, belief networks
  From:  Axon Research   Product:  Axon Idea Processor    Added:  2002-02-27
Screenshot mind mapping software Axon Idea Processor     Screenshot mind mapping software Axon Idea Processor     Screenshot mind mapping software Axon Idea Processor    
What they say:  " The Axon Idea Processor is a sketchpad for visualizing and organizing ideas. The Idea Processor exploits visual attributes such as: color, shape, size, scale, position, depth, shadow, link, icon, etc. Visual cues facilitate recall, association, and discovery. Diagrams help you to model and solve complex problems. Visualization reinforces your short term memory."
Observations:  Perful visual diagramming software. Rather weak pseudo-3D. G+
Where:  http://web.singnet.com.sg/~axon2000/index.htm
OS: Windows
Price:  US$135
Categories: diagramming, mind maps
  From:  AYAR Software   Product:  Nelements    Added:  2006-06-10
Screenshot mind mapping software Nelements     Screenshot mind mapping software Nelements     Screenshot mind mapping software Nelements    
What they say:  " Nelements is a 3d Mind Mapping tool that you can use to organize your knowledge in 3d."
Observations:  G+
Where:  http://nelements.org/
OS: Windows
Price:  US$19
Categories: 3D 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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