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New Book: Knowledge Cartography

Knowledge Cartography: Software Tools and Mapping Techniques

SafariScreenSnapz212CIC’s Director Simon Buckingham Shum has co-edited a new edition of Knowledge Cartography: Software Tools and Mapping Techniques. This exemplifies CIC’s approach to visualization as an aid to sensemaking when building Contested Collective Intelligence grounded in dialogue and argumentation. The book includes an extensive collection of real world case studies from research and education, with particular attention to the processes by which manually crafting interactive, hypertextual maps clarifies one’s own understanding, communicates it to others, and enables collective intelligence. It extends the first book in this research program — Visualizing Argumentation: Software Tools for Collaborative and Educational Sense-Making — with new examples and greater attention to the practices for the effective use of such tools, reflecting the maturation of the field.

“The authors see mapping software as visual tools for reading and writing in a networked age. In an information ocean, the challenge is to find meaningful patterns around which we can weave plausible narratives. Maps of concepts, discussions and arguments make the connections between ideas tangible — and critically, disputable.

With 22 chapters from leading researchers and practitioners (5 of them new for this edition), the reader will find the current state-of-the-art in the field. Part 1 focuses on knowledge maps for learning and teaching in schools and universities, before Part 2 turns to knowledge maps for information analysis and knowledge management in professional communities, but with many cross-cutting themes:

  • reflective practitioners documenting the most effective ways to map
  • conceptual frameworks for evaluating representations
  • real world case studies showing added value for professionals
  • more experimental case studies from research and education
  • visual languages, many of which work on both paper and with software
  • knowledge cartography software, much of it freely available and open source
  • visit the companion website for extra resources: books.kmi.open.ac.uk/knowledge-cartography

Knowledge Cartography will be of interest to learners, educators, and researchers in all disciplines, as well as policy analysts, scenario planners, knowledge managers and team facilitators. Practitioners will find new perspectives and tools to expand their repertoire, while researchers will find rich enough conceptual grounding for further scholarship.”

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