WiseMapping is a free web based tool that can be used for developing concepts for projects or papers. Based on the idea of diagraming or what is known as a spidergramming or spidergraphing. Individuals can link concepts or words in order to create a map or framework to facilitate thoughts or planning. This tool is a great way to brainstorm, problem solve, or organize information without developing restrictive hierarchies.
For librarians WiseMapping can be a useful tool to show patrons. It is web based and free so access will not be a problem. For students it presents an interesting way to organize papers or projects. They can also easily use it to brainstorm. Patrons interested in writing will find it useful for developing ideas for fiction and non-fiction stories. WiseMapping can even be used to develop simple horizontal family trees for libraries that have stakeholders interested in genealogy.
This tool offers the ability to collaborate. Users can share mind maps and even allow others to edit their creations. The mind maps can be exported into blogs, power points, word documents, etc… Also you can publish or make public the diagrams you create on WiseMapping. Mind maps can be printed directly from the tool as well, making it useful for students and teachers.
It is easy to set up. Users first have to make an account, once that is accomplished they can immediately start creating mind maps in WiseMapping. It has tutorials available for individuals using the web based tool for the first time. Also users can get help by selecting the Contact Us link at the bottom of the WiseMapping website.
This is a very powerful free web based tool. WiseMapping is a great addition to any librarian’s education arsenal. I encourage everyone to check it out and leave a comment about this tool.