SARL: Concept Mapping Tools
Cmap software is a result of research conducted at the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC). It empowers users to construct, navigate, share and criticize knowledge models represented as concept maps.
The CmapTools (Cañas et al., 2004b) software (available for download at: http://cmap.ihmc.us) developed at IHMC brings together the strengths of concept mapping with the power of technology, particularly the Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW).
- The software is easy for users of all ages to construct and modify concept maps in a similar way that a word processor makes it easy to write text,
- It allows users to collaborate at a distance in the construction in their maps,
- It allows users to publish their concept maps so anybody on the Internet can access them,
- It allows users to link resources to their maps to further explain their contents,
- The software allows the user to link resources (photos, images, graphs, videos, charts, tables, texts, WWW pages or other concept maps) located anywhere on the Internet or in personal files to concepts or linking words in a concept map through a simple drag-and-drop operation. Links to these resources are displayed as icons underneath the concepts, as shown in Figure 7. Clicking on one of these icons will display a list of links from which the user can select to open the linked resource. Using CmapTools, it is possible to use concept maps to access any material that can be presented digitally, including materials prepared by the mapmaker.
- It allows users to search the WWW for information related to the map.
Concept maps can serve as the indexing and navigational tools for complex domains of knowledge, as will be illustrated later with NASA materials on Mars (Briggs et al., 2004). By facilitating the linking between concept maps, learners can construct Knowledge Models (Cañas et al., 2003b; Cañas et al., 2005), which are collections of concept maps with linked resources about a particular topic, demonstrating that their understanding about a domain is not limited to a single concept map.
Figure 7. A concept map about birds constructed by a high-school student. Icons under the concepts
Learning to Build Concept Maps
IHMC provides a technical support team for the software, and makes it available in a variety of product packaging configurations. This includes:
- Cmaps Documentation
- The Theory Underlying Concept Maps
- Support for Constructing Knowledge Models in CmapTools
- Knowledge Model: a Collection of Cmaps and Resources
- CmapViewer: Viewing and Embedding Cmaps on the Web
- Configuring a Shared Lab Environment for Access to the Cmap Cloud
- CmapTools: Concole Mode & Silent Mode Installation
- Permissions and Access Controls in CmapTools
- CmapTools, Web Pages & Websites
- The Network Architecture of CmapTools
- CXL – XML-based Language for describing the content of Cmaps
- CmapServer HTTP-API PDF
EATSv5 SARL Cmap
EATSv5 is an Architecture Description in the ISO-42010 sense. An Architecture Description is a Schema for a System to assist in the management of the System’s architecture as a systems of systems; which requires a degree of cybernetic recursive control for its accomplishment. Regulators of regulators as controllers of controllers of controllers of function and process.
Architected Futures defines a Style of Practice of Architecture, as applied to strategic systems thinking, from a pragmatic and proactive forward thinking perspective. It is global in scope, and universal in application, IMHO, AFAIK. At least, I’ve found it to be, so far. It includes a library of metamodels as analytical tools for understanding complex systems interactions. These include:
- Dimensioning Models
- Management Models
- MetaModel Management Models
- Functional MetaModels
- Fundamental Concept Overlay Models
- Persona and Organization Models
- Quality Assessment Models
- Security and Privacy Models
- Strategy Assessment Models
- System Cascade Models
- Vision Navigation Models
EATSv5 is a rolling product of continuous evolutionary fore-thought, development, implementation, utilization, maintenance, repair and recovery, replacement, and continuous service delivery since 1970, based on insights gleaned and appreciated since 1948. It includes:
- an Information Content Architecture
- a Relationship Management Scheme
- Axioms (Element Rules)
- Contextual Framing and Scaling
EATSv5 is a digital architecture for the management of digital architectures, via conformity to common protocols of interaction. It is based on open, as a foundation for TRUST, as a foundation for cooperative coexistence within a constrained space.