Tools that emulate our thinking

A logical trend in tools Knowledge Management is trying to simulate the natural way in which we organize our thoughts.

To do this was to provide an interface for creating or attaching easily content and relate to each other quickly and associative manner, avoiding the classic hierarchical organization that provide many applications. In this way the contents are organizing in network structure, and become mental maps that structure our knowledge on specific topics.

An essential requirement is that the interface allows for navigation efficiently within the network to be created, allowing moved by it, reorganize, in and out of different levels, jumping to an overview, clearly show relationships, and differentiate different types of content without a mess map.

A good example of a tool that meets these requirements is PersonalBrain. It can be downloaded from the website of TheBrain, Which also plays a video demo showing their capabilities and performance.

This software lets be creating thoughts , and keep adding to each parent, child, or jumps (to thoughts of the same level), or go linking them to the Likewise. Every thought has properties, and on it you can edit notes with a fairly complete editor, assign tags, urls of websites, icons, attach files or even create calendar events. It also has a search engine thoughts and content , and a small set of reporting.

The creation and navigation map of thoughts is very agile, and very clear display, say its pretty hard to miss on the map.

From the same website you can download the trial version that has all the functionality of version pro, but at 30 days becomes the version free by clicking, which retains all the interface mapping and navigation, but is cut especially regarding the properties and objects that can be attached to the thoughts. Between these two versions there is another version Core.

To test PersonalBrain I created the brain (it would be the equivalent of a draft other tools) to Dataprix , where I try to reflect the structure of the web, and how they relate subject , content and members of the community . The tool also allows exporting a brain to HTML, so Ive also posted the online version for those who want to tinker with her.

This is about the personal version, but also there is a corporate version, called BrainEKP More oriented collaboration and content management, but with the same philosophy and interface. The main difference is that this version is installed on a server, and both users and administrators access by web, allowing the creation of collaborative interaction and thoughts among users. It also has connectors that allow synchronization and updating of information from various data sources.

Emphasize also that the same portal The BrainIt is made with this tool. The header always shows the conceptual map of the page you are viewing, and can make navigation throughout the website by simply entering the thoughts that appear on this map, much better than the usual menus from sites ..

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