26 January 2005

Mapping Knowledge Domains (overview) : http://www.nap.edu/openbook/0309092329/html/1.html#pagetop : Extracting knowledge from the World Wide Web, patterns of scientific collaboration, Mapping subsets of scholarly information, Visualizing a knowledge domain with cartographic means, Searching for intellectual turning points (progressive knowledge domain visualization). http://www.pnas.org/content/vol101/suppl_1/

Dave Pollard, author of the How to Save the World Weblog, has become a growing proponent of mind mapping software, as he reports in a post from earlier this week. 'Mind-mapping' as Wikipedia puts it, "a radial diagram that represents semantic connections between learned material". It's not significantly different from 'outlining', except that, for some reason, the graphical layouts of mind maps are more comprehensible, easier to grasp and follow, and aesthetically superior to the linear, multi-layered indentation of outliners. ... "Perhaps the graphic layout stimulates the right brain and gets you thinking about how ideas and information relate to other ideas and information, pulls you out of your linear thinking habits. I even wonder whether in some way the mind map mimics the way the neurons in the brain are organized, the way they make connections across space." http://blogs.salon.com/0002007/categories/businessInnovation/2005/01/05.html#a1005
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Online mapping application: http://www.mayomi.com/

Critical attitude toward vendors who require that users install a stand-alone, proprietary viewer (similar to Acrobat Reader) that needs be installed on a user's desktop instead of deploying the ubiquitous browser environment : http://www.masternewmedia.org/news/2005/01/20/visualizing_databases_and_spreadsheets_omniscope.htm
To manually install or re-install a font: http://www.tunexp.com/tips/customize_your_computer/install_or_remove_a_font_in_windows_xp/

Microsoft had essentially given up on Internet Explorer development - focusing instead on its next-gen OS, Longhorn. With Longhorn, the company hopes to make the stand-alone browser obsolete by incorporating Web browsing into the desktop. As part of the transition, Microsoft has created the developer language XAML, an heir to HTML. Until a few months ago, it looked like the shift to Longhorn would give Microsoft control of the Web's de facto standards. Now, with Microsoft's share in the browser market slipping - IE has lost 5 percent in the past six months, almost all of it to Firefox - Web designers can't afford to ignore the standards of Tim Berners-Lee's W3C, which Mozilla has hewed to but which Microsoft has regarded as strictly optional. Which means Bill Gates' troops must now turn back to IE and battle the ghost of Netscape. ...Google has hired the lead engineer behind the Firefox web browser, fueling speculation that Google will create its own version of the software to take on Microsoft's dominant Internet Explorer.

"When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us." - Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922)

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