MindRaider and the Semantic Web

Yet Another MindMap Application, you might think. But this piece of software has the best of three worlds: the power of Mindjet, the UI of The Brain and, like FreeMind, it doesn’t cost a penny. I’m talking about MindRaider.

MindRaider is personal notebook and outliner. It aims to connect the tradition of outline editors with emerging technologies. MindRaider mission is to help you in organization of your knowledge and associated web, local and realworld resources in a way that enables quick navigation, concise representation and inferencing.

I found it reading this month’s LinuxFormat magazine #119. Open Tube listed it at the 12+ list of Free MindMapping Tools. Freemind is still on top of the list, but I would be surprised if that will change shortly: MindRaider is not only Another MindMap Application, it is also a Semantic Webtool.

What is the Semantic Web? In fact, I find it difficult to explain! Earlier, I wrote about Twine, a service that combines social bookmarking with the semantic web. I subscribed to the semantic web twine. But all this didn’t increase my understanding of the Web3.0. The MindRaider website offers some great presentations about the Semantic Web, like this one by Freek Bijl, who explains the web3.0 with a stamp:

or this one, rather extensive:

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  • The Aesthetics and Beauty of Knowledge

    Shih was the opposite of facts and raw information; shih was the elegance of knowledge, the insight and skill to organize knowledge into meaningful patterns. As an artist chooses colours or light to make her pictures, a master of shih chooses textures of knowledge – various ideas, myths, abstractions, and theories – to create a way of seeing the world. The aesthetics and beauty of knowledge – this was shih.

    – David Zindell, The Broken God, 1993

  • Geek Attitude

    The attitude thing is about flexibility, portability, creativity, sociability and jamming (ran out of suitable “ity” words!). It’s about improvising – in the practical and musical senses of the word; not getting tangled in boundaries and the “right” way to do things.
    Definitely the only way to travel.
    Martin Delaney – “Laptop Music”.