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Book about concept maps, argument maps etc

Just started reading “Knowledge cartography: Software tools and mapping techniques” 2ed., and I think it is an interesting read for people who likes concept or argument mapping. Link to Amazon

From the Back Cover

Focuses on the process by which manually crafting interactive, hypertextual maps clarifies one’s own understanding, communicates it to others, and enables collective intelligence.

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.


Sound interesting, but incredibly expensive (£££, due I guess to cartel textbook pricing). I’d be interested to hear more when you’ve got further into the book.

Warning: May be conducive to LANA.

I seem to recall having seen one of the authors, perhaps Buckingham-Shum, offering a substantial discount on the pdf somewhere.

Interesting — it’s about $25 (paperback) in the US.

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The Kindle edition is about $24.

I work in the University of Iow and our library has Springer books available as PDF or epub and this book is available. So, if you work in the university/higher ed, this may be available to you without the need to purchase it.


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A quick search of the forums shows no references to Simon Wardley so here is a link to a whole community of mappers:

wardley maps