Sunday, July 08, 2007

Open source product development, LinkedIn, MindMeister

Perhaps this has been said before, but regarding various projects, I envision broad participation from people all over the world contributing to solving the problem, or adapting to local needs, much as open source software is developed.

There are now many networking tools on the web which can help us. I have started to use LinkedIn and think it will be a powerful tool in expanding our network and resources, and will be a benefit for each and every participant.

Another tool is MindMeister , which allows us to do mind mapping collaboratively on the web. This could be very handy during conference calls, and for project management, etc. Here's a scrap of an example which you can even drag around within its frame here:

Other tools, ideas, comments welcome.



  1. You asked for more tools - happy to oblige! I think this list is close to complete for mind mapping, outlining and diagramming in a collaborative way.

    Information mapping_________________
    bubbl.us Collaborative mind mapping (radiant format not enforced)
    bubble-mind.com - Collaborative mind mapping
    comapping.com - Collaborative (but, for people who like free-format mind mapping, rigid) left-to-right mind mapping
    glinkr.net - Concept mapping and mind mapping (shared but not collaborative)
    kayuda.com - Collaborative concept mapping and mind mapping
    mapul.com - Collaborative mind mapping with an organic flavour
    mind42.com - Collaborative mind mapping
    mindomo.com - Collaborative mind mapping
    touchgraph.com - URL mind maps for network visualisation
    wikimindmap.org - Make mind maps from WikiMedia articles
    webofweb.net - Collaborative mind mapping
    writemaps.com - Web-site hierarchical maps

    Generic diagramming__________________
    cumulatelabs.com/cumulatedraw/ - Collaborative diagramming – can draw mind maps and concept maps
    flowchart.com - Collaborative diagramming – can draw mind maps and concept maps
    gliffy.com - Collaborative diagramming – can draw mind maps and concept maps
    imaginationcubed.com - Collaborative diagramming – can (just about) draw mind maps and concept maps
    thinkature.com - Collaborative on-line whiteboard service - can draw mind maps and concept maps

    Some don't like the visual approach (can't understand why myself, but...) so they might like the more formal outlines style:

    sproutliner.com - Basic on-line outliner that lets you share outlines
    thinkfold.com - Collaborative on-line outlining application
    loosestitch.com - Collaborative on-line outlining application

    I hope that turns out to be a useful contribution.

    The master list of mind mapping &
    information management software

  2. Thanks Viv-vic for the amazingly quick response. I had no idea there was so much out there.