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May 25, 2009

Mind Mapping and the Semantic Web

Recently in the blogosphere, it was question of the Google Wonder Wheel, a new way to visualize search results with the Google search engine. This option gives us the opportunity to use Google in a Mind Mapping / heuristic way. A very interesting article on the Mindjet blog underlines the possibility to work with Mindjet MindManager 8 and using Google within the same application.



For me, something else would be really a great and innovative feature for a Mind Mapping Software: the possibility to suggest relevant contents (information, links, pictures, videos, sounds, contacts, phone numbers and so on) depending on what we are creating / writing with in the mindmap. Just by clicking we could accept to complete or illustrate our keywords. This feature would work by analysing the subject, concepts and structure of our map. The latest version of MindMeister is able to search images on the web, in relation with the keywords, and to insert the images into the map, see the example below. This is just a start, when Mind Mapping Softwares will be able to ask the web for various contents depending on what we are writing, understanding our needs and searching, they will be fully 3.0

On an other way, representing search results as mindmaps, like Google Wonder Wheel or Kartoo is saying us that mind mapping is a tool that may be used more and more to navigate into the semantic web. Key words organized like a group around a central topic may represent a first semantic field about this topic.

2 comments:

francoisdongier said...

Makes good sense. Faviki or Zemanta APIs could be used to do this.

Philippe Boukobza said...

Thank you. I will take a look at Faviki and Zemanta.