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About a week ago, I was in a meeting with some colleagues, preparing our coverage of an upcoming news event. We were jotting down ideas in long lists; it was quite literally linear thinking. But linear thinking isn’t always the most helpful way of looking at a problem, because it restricts the way that you associate ideas together and limits you to one point of view. The next day, I read a story on Mashable about an online mind-mapping service called MindMeister. I considered that mind mapping might just be the tool we needed to encourage non-linear thinking in the newsroom. MediaShift . Five Ways to Use Mind-Mapping Tools in the Newsroom MediaShift . Five Ways to Use Mind-Mapping Tools in the Newsroom
Journalism.co.uk :: Web 3.0: what it means for journalists (part Journalism.co.uk :: Web 3.0: what it means for journalists (part Following 'Web 3.0: what it means for journalists (part 1)' and Journalism.co.uk's interview with John Breslin, founder of the Semantically-Interlinked Online Communities project (SIOC), on the Insite blog, here's an overview of some of the most important semantic web applications for journalists.Twine.comTwine, for example, is a new social bookmarking site underpinned with semantic technology. For journalists it is Facebook on steroids. Through Twine you can join groups (called Twines) where people post interesting links, bookmarks and resources on specific topics as diverse as the 'Financial Crisis' and 'Beer'. Based on your activity and items you have bookmarked, the site 'recommends' twines, connections with other members and other items people have saved. Users don't see the Natural Language Processing employed, only the functionality.
January 9, 2009 in software What do you think? I found this handy little online software via David Cohn – Apture. Basically, it allows you to add multimedia links to a post on a weblog, or an article on a web site, via an editor that appears over the web browser screen where you have the article up. Apture: cool tool for adding multimedia – Innovation in College Apture: cool tool for adding multimedia – Innovation in College