[Design] Visualizing data, Grokking data
seth.johnson at RealMeasures.dyndns.org
Thu Jan 19 16:26:52 PST 2006
Build a universal data store, and if it provides for outlining,
you can put a mindmapping front end on it.
I would use the mindmapping interface. The key isn't so much
what features will communicate as much as possible, as it is the
radial arrangement of manipulable nodes around a center.
It can replace the table, so long as your architecture provides
for outlining. In fact, I endorse the idea of distributed data
architectures that essentially distribute metadata about
relations among "entities" while leaving attribute values in
place at various servers.
Mimi Yin wrote:
> The recent posts about mind-mapping make for a good segue to some
> research and writing I've done on the topic of how to present gobs of
> heterogeneous data in ways that let you immediately grok it, wrap
> your head around it, get the big picture, see the forest for the
> trees (pick your favorite cliche)...
> Information technology has done a lot in the realm of making it
> really easy to create and disseminate lots of data. However, we
> haven't made much progress in the realm of improving the way we
> consume that data in aggregate. The problem of organizing,
> categorizing, and making information more accessible is simply a
> symptom of a larger and deeper problem:
> When we look at large piles of data (without looking at each data
> point and parsing it in our heads and then flagging it, starring it,
> tagging it, filing it or categorizing it in some way) we have no idea
> what we're looking at, it's all a big mile of opaque mush to us.
> We can continue down this path of manually getting a grip on our
> data, one data point at a time. Or we can explore ways to serve up
> data in ways that are more transparent and "more comprehensible in
> Mind-mapping is one of them, but still in its infancy as far as
> becoming an universally useful tool (capable of replacing the table
> for example.)
> Here are some essays exploring why it is that "data in aggregate" (as
> presented in lists and tables and text blobs) is so hard to "get" and
> some ideas about how to make it easier to digest.
> In particular:
> I realize this is a lot of material, it took me a long time even to
> get to this preliminary draft, but any comments and feedback would be
> appreciated. Please ping me though if you do add comments. Thx, Mimi
> On Jan 19, 2006, at 10:02 AM, Reid Ellis wrote:
> > Open source, GPL'ed mindmapping tool for those who want to explore
> > this:
> > http://freemind.sourceforge.net
> > Versions available for Mac, Windows, Linux (Debian, SuSe, and other
> > rpm-based Linux).
> > Probably not as polished as the official Buzan version (although
> > Buzan's http://www.mind-map.com seems to be down). But it might
> > give people more ideas.
> > Reid
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