We developed Simple Mapper to power a web site on the brain (www.g2conline.org).
You can use it to organize what comes out of yours.
Make a concept map that shows relationships between concepts and ideas.
Make a network diagram that shows interactions between people, molecules, stars, or any group of things.
Make a workflow that shows how something works.
Just Jump In!
- 1. Register
- Fill in the blanks.
- 2. Make Your Map
- Enter two items/concepts (people, molecules, work steps, etc.). If you want, describe the relationship between the two items/concepts ("likes," "is part of," "goes with," etc.) Re-enter one of the first items and link it to something new. Repeat to link a lot of items/concepts. Click on an item/concept to change node color or size, or to add an information panel with commentary and web link.
- 3. View Your Map
- Each of your items/concepts is now a "node." Some nodes have many links, some have only one.
- 4. Beautify Your Map
- Use the control panel to change the attributes of your map. Freeze your map, then drag and arrange the nodes to make your point. Click arrow to hide control panel.
- 5. Print Your Map
- Right-click or control-click (Mac) on the map, then select "Print..." from the pop-up window. Use landscape print layout.
- 6. PowerPoint Your Map
- Enlarge your map or turn on full screen view (may change layout slightly). Take a screen shot of your map. PC: Alt-print screen to save to buffer, then paste (control-v) into a slide. Mac: Command-shift-3 to save to desktop, then drag picture into a slide.
- 7. Share Your Map
- Attach a copy to your report. Email the URL to a friend. Create a group.
- 8. Evolve Your Map
- Think about it. Obsess over it. Get some feedback. Get it just right.