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melanie st.james

Joined: 08/08/2008 11:36:13
Messages: 124

VUE is quickly becoming a popular teaching, learning and research tool. We look forward to a vibrant exchange of ideas around the use of VUE to support academic activities. The concept mapping aspect of VUE has been the easiest one to integrate as a teaching tool, as it builds on 40+ years of cognitive science and examples across disciplines abound. We believe other features in VUE, such as content mapping, ontologies, merge maps and the presentation tool can provide a rich environment to support visual and critical thinking.

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Evgeniy Beloshytskiy

Joined: 02/05/2009 13:21:15
Messages: 27

Really good tool to manage ideas!!! But because of some language problems (may be) I can`t identify the difference between other tools which supports this activity.
K. Bender


Joined: 08/08/2008 11:36:13
Messages: 5
Location: Belgium

Hello everybody with interest in art history,
I am publishing "Topical Catalogues of the Iconography of Venus from the Middle Ages to Modern Times" and started recently a Google site http://sites.google.com/site/venusiconography/
I would like to add to my site "Connectivity Maps" using VUE (see my first trial in attachment). Has anybody experience with this type of application? or would anybody be interested to become 'collaborator' in the spirit of Google-sites?
I am especially thinking about practicals for students to get experience with VUE by developing such 'connectivity maps' using the information available in my topical catalogues.
Thanks for reply!
K. Bender, independent researcher, Belgium
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Phil Murray

Joined: 10/15/2009 09:54:27
Messages: 3

Is there currently a forum in which people hold ongoing discussions of strategies for using VUE?

VUE is a very versatile tool, so the strategies you use will depend in part on the problem you are trying to address more than on any particular constraints imposed by VUE. In fact, creating knowledge maps with VUE and other graphic tools presents you with a variation of the "blank page" challenge for writers.

My interest is in using VUE to "represent an evolving body of knowledge." Of course, even if I describe the nature and scope of that body of knowledge with some rigor, seemingly minor differences of intent will influence how I build such a resource. And my model for that information will certainly have *major* implications for how I apply VUE tools. I've worked out some of those challenges, but I'd really prefer not to reinvent the wheel. Not completely, anyway.

(BTW, I do *not* mean "knowledge representation" in the narrow sense of constructing ontologies in support of computer applications, although representing ontological relationships among concepts is *part* of what I am doing. The semantic analysis features of VUE will be very helpful in that regard.)

So there's lots of room for developing strategies for using VUE. Just a few of my own questions:

* It may be helpful at times to know why a VUE feature exists and works as it does. For example, why make it possible to put nodes within nodes? You can put several nodes insid[list]e another node, so is this simply an informal method of aggregation? You can drag linked nodes into another node, but the name of the relationship is not displayed. Why not? I'm quite sure the VUE development team implemented such a capability for a good reason, and I'm equally sure that VUE users like me would like to know how other users put such features to work.

* Do you superimpose a typology on nodes? I do. For my particular requirement, I make distinctions among "ideas" (propositions about socio-economic realities, both large and small, concrete and abstract), concepts (in the ontological sense), creators and evaluators of ideas, resources (captured, for example, with Zotero), "contexts," and other types of information.

* Do you group nodes (and their relationships) to make them addressable as a group? Why and how?

* Given your model for representing this knowledge, what constraints does VUE impose on what you can do? How do you work around those constraints. For example, it appears that VUE does not directly support hierarchies of link types (at least not in the same way that Semantica Pro does), but there are probably ways to embed such information in links.

* What's a link? I'm convinced that everyone who has spent more than a few minutes using a tool like VUE has bumped up against this question. (It's even more complicated than you might think. You might want to read William A. Woods' "Meaning and links.") In addition to VUE, I'm using a commercial tool called PMM (Personal Memory Manager) to represent the knowledge in some of my own work. Although I really like PMM, it does not treat links as first-class objects. So I have to do lots of workarounds.

* When and how should you use "generated data" in a node? Some descriptions of circumstances in the world are best represented as mathematical analysis of numeric data or queries of databases.

* How do people represent "evaluation" (of a node or link) in general? As VUE adopts more shared-development features, this will become especially important. Argumentation-/Discussion-support technologies have addressed this need, but only on a very limited scale.

* How do you ensure (or at least represent) uniqueness of nodes? The strings in two node labels can easily be identical, yet the nodes may have very different meanings. (If they are already linked to other nodes, the differences in meaning become clear when you look at those associations, but sometimes that information isn't available.) Open Calais and public ontologies may be helpful here, as well as other resources. How are people using those and other strategies to address this requirement?

* Sometimes a 2-D space is not an efficient way of finding or looking at a knowledge representation -- especially as the size of a map grows. Has anyone explored non-graphic tools for finding the information expressed in a VUE knowledge map? (MIT/Simile Exhibit, for example? Not very robust, but it might be helpful if faceted knowledge organization is a characteristic of your VUE map.)

VUE has over over 50,000 downloads, so I'm guessing that the VUE community must include quite a few people who are puzzling through strategy issues. I'd like to connect with some of those folks in a venue (perhaps a wiki?) that provides a more cumulative, topic-oriented resource than the forums. (The forums have been and will always be helpful.) I've been thinking about issues like those listed above for quite some time, and I'm willing to share my strategies with others and, more importantly, to ask dumb questions and expose my ignorance.

This might also be an opportunity to discover how others understand issues of representation and use of knowledge in general.

Phil Murray

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