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This is the information mapping area of WikIT. Information maps are diagrams that represent visually the way topics and concepts are related and organized. They are used to understand and handle complex information, to generate ideas, to plan and to organize.


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Information maps:
Machines for
thinking,
learning,
understanding
and creating



WikIT's aim is to deal with any type of information mapping where there is something useful to say. The different types of maps are described, but the main purpose of this area is to describe the many different uses of information mapping, and how to make them to support each of these uses.

Types of maps covered

WikIT covers many information map types: mind maps, concept maps, spidergrams, bubble diagrams, tree diagrams, argument maps, cognitive maps, influence diagrams, hyperbolic trees, clustering and more.

Throughout WikIT, the term "mind maps" is used. And it is used rather loosely. It may refer to true mind maps, spidergrams, bubble diagrams and others (see Information map types). However, references to mind maps that follow Buzan's rules use the term "Buzan mind maps". And where the other types of map are discussed specifically, their names are used (for example concept maps).

You will find descriptions of these map types linked to from the list at Information map types, but the main purpose of the Information mapping WikIT is to provide specific information of how to make and use information maps in many different circumstances and for different purposes. WikIT is map-style neutral.

In other words, this wiki is more about "how" than "what".

Information map uses

Information maps are general-purpose tools, far more general-purpose than many people recognize.

By giving information about all the different ways that these maps can be constructed, where to use one type and where another, the community-built Information mapping WikIT makes it easier for you to find a mapping technique that's right for your need of the moment, and expert advice on how to do it, how to use it.

The main entry point for the information in this part of WikIT is the list of Information map uses covered. There is also section about Large mindmaps as a special problem, and Attractive mindmaps.

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