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RE: Another such tool: Re: [ba-ohs-talk] Mind mapping tool

>Thanks. I read about something called "Grokker" last
>night, too. Any word on that?
>Alex Shapiro wrote:
>> Here is some more info about Groxis
>> http://www.nytimes.com/2002/10/27/technology/27SOFT.html
>> http://slashdot.org/articles/02/10/27/192225.shtml?tid=95
>> So far I haven't found any info to impress me.  It seems that all they do
>> it take cluster suggestions such as those returned by www.vivismo.com and
>> form a hierarchical map out of them.  The problem with hierarchical views
>> is that they don't give you a sense of how an item could fall
>into multiple
>> categories.  This same data could have been rendered using Inxight's star
>> tree.    (01)

Or for that matter with TouchGraph  (as Alex modestly neglects to mention)
http://www.touchgraph.com/    (02)

I agree with Alex's point about the limitations of hierachical views, and
it's a common drawback to virtually all the 'mindmapper' type tools,
whatever their subject matter. For such tools to become *really* useful, in
my opinion they will need to have at least two fundamental characteristics :
a (node & arc) graph based model; a globally interoperable data format.
There appear to be two major alternatives available for the model/format -
XML Topic Maps (XTM) and Resource Description Framework (RDF). (I'm
currently working on a tool of this type primarily using the latter).    (03)

I'm sure that this has already been noted, but just for the record there's
also the CMapTools tool :
which is already in very widespread use in schools etc, and from what I
gather has until recently been using a proprietary format for data
interchange, but will in the near future use XTM.    (04)

Danny.    (05)

Danny Ayers    (06)

Idea maps for the Semantic Web
http://ideagraph.net    (07)

<stuff> http://www.isacat.net </stuff>    (08)

Semantic Web Log :
http://www.citnames.com/blog    (09)