MindMapping and Knowledge Management

MindMapping and Knowledge Management are the main topics of this website. Today I came across some other interesting applications and a great (and beautifully designed!) website.
The website is Eric Blue’s Blog, and I noticed that he covers almost the same subjects as I do (MindMappig, Knowledge Management and Getting Things Done), as well as some LifeLogging, although I’m not interested in Fitness and Health Tracking.
Some of his most interesting articles (with mentions of applications of which I wasn’t even aware they exist!) are:

It would be a good thing if there was one program for all knowledge representations – to build a real memex.

A memex is a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility. It is an enlarged intimate supplement to his memory.

Until now I use several applications for collecting all my data. Besides MindMapping tools and Digital Notebooks (Eric Blue calls them “Scrapbooks”) I also use a Timeline editor; “Timeline Maker Pro“.

Im not too satisfied with it, but a better solution like Beedocs Timeline is only available for the Mac. My favourite genealogy software is GenoPro, which I have been using for years now. Other great knowledge visualisation software is Treesheets and DeepahMeeta. The thing I might have been looking for is Grokker,

a research and information management tool that simultaneously searches many data sources, and presents results in a topically organized, visual map

but this software is no longer maintained.

I revisited Martin Dvorak´s Mindraider-project, just to see if something had changed. Unfortunately not, and it seems Dvorak is focussing his energy into a new project: MindForger.
So, back to “The Brain” – untill now the best MindMap software – IMHO – that also integrates (in the “pro-version”!) your files, data and hyperlinks and that – very important – also works portable.
Finally some lesser known MindMapping software on this unsorted list.

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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”.