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Fri, Oct 06, 2006

Screencast on Information Mapping and Management using Compendium

Compendium is a free software package providing a flexible visual interface for managing the connections between information and ideas. I posted examples of its use in a conflict management context earlier. Of interest is a new book recently released that details the use of Compendium for Dialogue Mapping.

The recently updated package, available at no cost for Macintosh, Windows or Linux users, places few constraints on how you organise material. The developers’ particular interests are 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.

Ecosensus Screencast As the Compendium website explains, “many people use Compendium to manage their personal digital information resources, since you can drag and drop in any document, website, email, image, etc, organise them visually, and then connect ideas, arguments and decisions to these. Compendium thus becomes the ‘glue’ that allows you to pool and make sense of disparate material that would otherwise remain fragmented in different software applications. You can assign your own keyword ‘tags’ to these elements (icons), create your own palettes of icons that have special meanings, overlay maps on top of background images, and place/edit a given icon in many different places at once: things don’t always fit neatly into just one box in real life.”

To have a look at how this works in practice, do check out this new screencast by Simon Buckingham Shum showing off Compendium’s basic features. It is set in the context of the ECOSENSUS project which is integrating an opensource GIS tool with Compendium to support participatory environmental decision-making. Cool stuff, to be sure.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2006 10 06 | Filed under Tech News  

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