Managing information with mind maps

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Many users of mind maps use them for information management.

The concept map type of structure - anything links to anything is more suited to organizing information than is that of the mind map.

As an information repository

  • For learning material
  • For reference material
  • For research findings
  • For project material

As a file organizer

As a combination of the two

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The way concept maps relate information, where any node can connect to any other, can be a useful framework for organizing information, whether as computer files or notes. Each node can be a concept or topic and can hold many occurrences of information about that topic.

Topicscape is an example of a computer software designed for this purpose. An early stage of organizing some information in this way is illustrated in the YouTube item here.

The problem of size

Using connected maps

The problem of multiple parents

Document management

Organizing web links


Organizing information feeds

Creating indexes to documents

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