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Compendium Institute


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What they say[edit]

“Compendium is a software tool providing a flexible visual interface for managing the connections between information and ideas.

It places few constraints on how you organise material, though many have found that it provides support for structured working for instance, following a methodology or modelling technique. Our own particular interest is in visualizing the connections between people, ideas and information at multiple levels, in mapping discussions and debates, and what skills are needed to do so in a participatory manner that engages all stakeholders.

Validated in both small and large scale projects across diverse sectors in society, it is the result of over 15 years’ research and development at the intersection of hypertext, collaborative modelling, organizational memory, computer-supported argumentation and meeting facilitation.”


Originally developed at NYNEX Science & Technology (now Verizon) and later (in 2000) licensed to the Open University / Knowledge Media Institute.

Compendium is a conceptual follow-on to QuestMap (q.v.) which is no longer available.

( is no more, go to instead)

Makes dialogue maps (concept map with ontology: nodes can represent issues, ideas, pro, con, and notes). Said to be suitable for ill-structured problems.

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Operating System(s)[edit]

Linux | Mac | Windows

Price: Free  |  Status: Current  |  Date added: 2002-02-27

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