Concept Mapping in 3D

This may take a long time to load, as it’s a 11Mb file.

If it does load, you’ll see a ball and bar lattice that rotates and changes shape. It’s a set of words relating to a potential research project. The original, desktop-based model is interactive in that it can be dragged, spun, re-ordered and otherwise manipulated, using a basic, easy-to-use desktop application called WilmaScope.

WilmaScope operates on an XML format called XWG, so it’s fairly easy to set up  sets of nodes and edges, then modify them in a spreadsheet. What I’ve done here is take a set of four broader concepts: food, community, locale, and spatialities, then created subsets of categories and examples. some of the examples relate to more than one category, so the edges begin to loop round and across categories.

Ideally, I’d  create additional points and connections as the scheme becomes more detailed. If I could attach longer texts to a given node, then the project would eventually turn into a proper hypertext document navigated by the node map. I’m sure there are software packages that do the whole thing, but I haven’t seen one yet.

For now, I’m looking to get a web-based version of the model, so that the  interactivity can be more fully appreciated. I may be able to do that with another little app called Morcego.

Post 427 by dglp

Published on June 4, 2010 ~ 08:24 AM

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