The Evolution of the Visual Mapper

September 21st, 2010

The world of mapping information uses a mismash of terms, like “concept mapping,” “mind mapping,” “visual mapping,” and “radial mapping.” These all mean essentially the same thing — representing information visually, in nuggets of information. There’s a history behind each term, for example, Tony Buzan developed a hand-drawn genre which he calls “mind maps”; and [...]

Debategraph Visualizes Discourse

June 15th, 2010

As the saying goes, there are two sides to every story. But when it comes to the hot topics of the day – whether nuclear proliferation or the BP oil spill in the Gulf – two sides simply aren’t enough. That’s where Debategraph comes in. You don’t have to remember all of the nuances of [...]

SpicyNodes Memberships: Free vs. Paid

May 10th, 2010

If you have a free community membership to SpicyNodes, you understand what a powerful visualization tool our radial mapping engine can produce. (If you haven’t yet joined the community, you’re missing out! It only takes a minute, so click here to join now.) We’re committed to maintaining a vibrant, free membership so that everyone can have access to SpicyNodes. As a project of IDEA, SpicyNodes is a public service that we hope encourages and supports online communication and educational efforts. The bottom line? We want to make the Web more accessible and interactive, and we think that SpicyNodes is a wonderful tool to help achieve that goal.

Our Journey: Bridging the Gap

April 2nd, 2010

With SpicyNodes, we’re trying to bridge the gap that exists between humans and computers, and make the process of finding new information a fun, exploratory journey rather than a cumbersome chore. Using radial maps as a staring point, we figured out how to make SpicyNodes compatible with and operate smoothly in Web browsers.