SpicyNodes will work on mobile devices, starting with iOS

November 9th, 2011

Yesterday, Adobe announced that they are stopping development of Flash Player for browsers on mobile devices. The good news for the SpicyNodes community is that our team has been working on a mobile version of SpicyNodes since early 2010! As a proof of concept, we created the popular WikiNodes app for the iPad, which browses Wikipedia [...]

SpicyNodes wins AASL award for teaching and learning

June 30th, 2011

Last weekend, SpicyNodes received a “Best Websites for Teaching and Learning” from American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Here’s a three minute acceptance speech from the conference: See AASL list of 25 ‘Best Websites for Teaching and Learning,’ and their press release.

Sneak peek: SpicyNodes Touch (Jan 2011)

January 22nd, 2011

Nodes want to be touched. We continue working to bring you “SpicyNodes Touch” running on the Apple iPad. Your same nodemaps that work on the web will work on a tablet. Here’s a preview: Information displayed in the centered node is full HTML5 — meaning it can be any web content. It takes around 5 [...]

Sneak peek: SpicyNodes Touch

September 28th, 2010

Here’s a sneak peek of SpicyNodes Touch running on the Apple iPad. We’re working hard so that you can publish your nodemaps in your web site, blog, or also on mobile devices… so your nodemaps will come to life on at your user’s fingertips. Many more features and improvements are planned.

Stuff We Like: Climate Change Mind Maps

May 21st, 2010

2Randall Hand over at VizWorld recently posted about LearningFundamentals’ mind maps on climate change. Global warming and the environment are critical issues that impact the well-being of people across the globe, yet people often think about climate change in an abstract way. LearningFundamentals has done an excellent job in visualizing the ways that students and adults can change their behavior, can connect with nature, and can learn about the science of global warming.

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.

SN Presents at Museums and the Web 2010

April 16th, 2010

If you’ve ever delved a little deeper into SpicyNodes, you probably know that SpicyNodes is a project of IDEA, a nonprofit that works to enhance scientific, artistic, and cultural literacy by improving how people find and interact with online information. You might not know, though, that in 1999 IDEA launched one of the first online museums. You can visit WebExhibits to learn about topics ranging from Color Vision and Art to Daylight Saving Time to Poetry through the Ages.

Sneak Peek: SpicyNodes on the iPad

April 15th, 2010

If you thought SpicyNodes made browsing information on the Web more inviting, wait until you see what we have cooking in our R&D lab. Nodes are fun to manipulate using a mouse, but they really come to life when you touch them with your fingertips! SpicyNodes Touch will be perfect for creating mind maps on the fly or for giving your site visitors an intuitive navigation tool that takes advantage of the tilting, tapping, and turning functionality of the iPad. Keep checking back for the first app release!

Join the Community!

April 7th, 2010

When you create something and share it with others, ideas take flight and enrich both you and the group. We purposefully made SpicyNodes a community-oriented, collaborative network, so that novel ways of organizing information and displaying it – both in terms of appearance and integration – are shared in the Gallery.

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.