1401Re: Visualization technologies (TheBrain Technologies software)
- Jul 6, 2006Hello -
I'm a new member of this group, having joined yesterday although I
should have joined months ago. I've joined now because a colleague
let me know about this thread.
I've been using the PersonalBrain software since meeting its
developer, Harlan Hugh, at a workshop in late 1998. It took me a
while to figure out how to leverage it, but I kept returning to it
because it is a relationship-based tool that enables you to deal
with complexity. This is also the first software tool I found that
takes advantage of the computer as a new medium (something that
tanscends the paper-based metaphor).
TheBrain Technologies also has a group tool, the Enterprise
Knowledge Platform, BrainEKP. I'll be having a conversation with
Harlan next week, and will organize a demo that will discuss both
products (send a message to karl.hebenstreit@... if you're
interested; also check out the demo available at
For the past few months, I've been referring to these products as
a "dynamic mind map". I don't have an extensive background with
taxonomies, but I see traditional taxonomies as a special case of a
more general dynamic, non-hierachical categorization schema that
allows entities to be assigned to multiple categories to varying
degrees. One of the reasons I'm intrigued by these tools is that I
believe they have the potential to deal with this more general case.
Karl Hebenstreit, Jr.
US General Services Administration
Co-Chair, KMWG Technology SIG
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