Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
I use mind maps in my own work, built with Microsoft Visio. This article about Mindjet, a competitive product, is interesting in its contention that the newest version of Mindjet is a new generation of this useful category of software. Peter Abrahams lists four generations of mind mapping software: 1) pen on paper where ovals were connected with lines, 2) a basic editing tool for this format on the PC, 3) added functionality by enabling connections between the map and other artefacts, and 4) a movement from an organizational method to a collaboration tool, a sort of "visual wiki" to quote commenter Dan Roddy. The ability to collaborate with mind maps is certainly something I look forward to trying out. -GW

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