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Compendium is a computer program and social science tool that facilitates the mapping and management of ideas and arguments. The software provides a visual environment that allows people to structure and record collaboration as they work through " wicked problems ".
Concept-mapping and mind-mapping software are used to create diagrams of relationships between concepts, ideas or other pieces of information. It has been suggested that the mind mapping technique can improve learning/study efficiency up to 15% over conventional note taking . [ 1 ] [ edit ] File format Using a standard file format allows interchange of files between various programs.
The Compendium Institute is an open forum for the ongoing development and dissemination of the Compendium methodology and software tools. Compendium is about sharing ideas, creating artifacts, making things together, and breaking down the boundaries between dialogue, artifact, knowledge, and data. Please visit the resources on this site to learn more. See what our users are saying ... Compendium has a place where the community can share maps, stencil set, themes and more. Here we are also developing Compendium training materials.
Compendium is a slightly different kettle of fish to the other products reviewed here, both practically and philosophically. Dealing with the philosophical side first, many of the mainstream mind mapping products like NovaMind , MindManager and ConceptDraw's MINDMAP are commercial while others are open source and free, like Freeplane, Freemind and Labyrinth. Compendium is open source like those latter products but it is driven by an academic institute rather than commercial or hobby interest.