STEP 1 - Hunt Down & Capture Definitive Registers Of National Building Blocks As A Visual Framework Of 'Seed Branches' In Knowledge Maps Using MindManager Software

So the starting point of the whole process is the initial capture of all the individual ‘national building blocks’ of a particular type – as taken from definitive, online registers – as ‘seed branches’ in visually structured knowledge maps using MindManager, the market leading information mapping software, and our ‘information cartography’ skills. A single map will contain a ‘knowledge seed branch’ for every building block of a particular type in Scotland, which will run into 100’s and possibly 1000’s of branches.

This is where MindManager information mapping software comes into it’s own – working visually in a drag and drop process to build the initual framework, and then cartograhic tools to visually encode and embed a diverse range of associated knowledge in a way that makes it easier to be understand and assimilated by users.

There are also ever increasing ways of automating the initial knowledge capture process, such as importing spreadsheets directly into MindManager with the new Excel Mapping Tool, or linking to databases. Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools are also becoming possible. However as with mindmapping, there’s nothing like the physical process of making a knowledge map to really improve your understanding of the subject (especially from a base knowledge of zero).

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STEP 2 - Hunt Down Online Knowledge Resources (& Their URL's) About Each Building Block, And Visually Capture Them In The Map As Sub-Branches & Multiple Hyperlinks On The Seed Branches

Once the initial framework map of building block seed branches has been created and cartographically enhanced, we need to add links to relevant official / definitive / plain old useful knowledge resources about the building blocks freely available in the public domain. This is a 3 stage process – hunting down potential knowledge resources in the public domain (logging their URL’s & internal file paths in the working area of our map as we go), appraising them for suitability and linkability, and finally adding the ‘worthy’ ones to the individual building block seed branches in the main map, as both collections of sub-branches (each with the title of the resource & a single hyperlink to its location online), and as multiple links so that instant access to fundamental knowledge about the building block remains with it when the seed branch is re-purposed / re-used.

Thus as well as being a visually structured, cartographically designed, intuitive to navigate and instantly searchable index of all the ‘building blocks’ of a particular type, the map makes potentially 100’s of relevant knowledge resources about them more easily discoverable by potential users, and instantly accessible with a couple of mouse clicks.

However before we dive in to the detail of visually capturing and encoding knowledge resources in our map, a quick word about…

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Okay now that we’ve got the preliminaries out of the way, what is the actual process we follow to capture the knowledge resources about the national building blocks in our map?

STEP 3 - Publish & Share Knowledge Maps On The Project Website As Freely Downloadable HTML5 Files, As Well As In Native MindManager Format (For A Small Annual Or Lifetime Fee To Cover Costs)

So now we have our visually structured index maps of ‘all the important things of a particular type in Scotland as well as all the official / definitive / plain old useful knowledge resources about them’, we need to share them with as many people, organisations, communities and projects as possible.

We do this by exporting the maps as HTML5 files (another one of MindManager’s unique capabilities) and publishing them on our WordPress project website so they can be be freely viewed & downloaded by anybody (though download requires BASIC membership, which is free 🙂 HTML maps retain all the rich, visual content – and just about all the functional interactivity – of the original MindManager map, and can be viewed in any modern browser, on any device, without the need for additional plugins or a continued internet connection once downloaded.

For those professionals / dedicated amateurs that want to take things to the next level and amend, adapt & repurpose ScotlandtheMap knowledge maps for their own use in MindManager (or other) information mapping software, we also make the original MindManager file (.mmap) available to download on the website for a modest annual or one off lifetime membership fee for PRO members.

This is where MindManager information mapping software comes into it’s own – working visually in a drag and drop process to build the initual framework, and then cartograhic tools to visually encode and embed a diverse range of associated knowledge in a way that makes it easier to be understand and assimilated by users.

There are also ever increasing ways of automating the initial knowledge capture process, such as importing spreadsheets directly into MindManager with the new Excel Mapping Tool, or linking to databases. Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools are also becoming possible. However as with mindmapping, there’s nothing like the physical process of making a knowledge map to really improve your understanding of the subject (especially from a base knowledge of zero).

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