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Knowledge mapping for communities

Here's an interesting slideshow in which authors Simon Buckingham Shum and Alexandra Okada make a case for a move away from text towards knowledge or mind mapping presentation in a knowledge community. Their objective is to change cognition, no less.

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By analogy with overlays on geographical information, the authors see the many ways of visualizing information, knowledge, argument and evidence as a means to slow down discussion in full flood, and force reflection.

Knowledge Mapping for Open Sensemaking Communities

Favourite moment? This provocative (but I guess not-too-serious) idea for the search engines:
change cognition

The slide show looks a lot better if you click the link to view it full screen. Alternatively, you can download the PDF and view it off-line.

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I'm not sure how willingly all members of a specific knowledge community would make such a move. I know people who simply don't see the point of information diagrams. You might guess that I'm not one of them!

But we are rarely in a position to force a particular approach against the will of team members, much less community members.

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