Mind
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A Mind map is a diagram used to visually outline information. A mind map is often created around a single word or text, placed in the center, to which associated ideas, words and concepts are added. Major categories radiate from a central node, and lesser categories are sub-branches of larger branches. Categories can represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items related to a central key word or idea. Mindmaps can be drawn by hand, either as "rough notes" during a lecture or meeting, for example, or as higher quality pictures when more time is available. An example of a rough mind map is illustrated.

Other terms for this diagramming style are: "spider diagrams," "spidergrams," "spidergraphs," "webs", "mind webs", or "webbing", and "idea sun bursting�. To get more information please review http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_map.


Example of a mind map:

Mind mapping example


Mind map guidelines:

 

•Start in the center with an image of the topic, using at least 3 colors.


•Use images, symbols, codes, and dimensions throughout your mind map.


•Select key words and print using upper or lower case letters.


•Each word/image is best alone and sitting on its own line.


•The lines should be connected, starting from the central image. The central lines are thicker, organic and thinner as they radiate out from the center.


•Make the lines the same length as the word/image they support.


•Use multiple colors throughout the mind map, for visual stimulation and also to encode or group.


•Develop your own personal style of mind mapping.


•Use emphasis and show associations in your mind map.


•1Keep the mind map clear by using radial hierarchy, numerical order or outlines to embrace your branches.

 

This list is itself more concise than a prose version of the same information and the mind map of these guidelines is itself intended to be more memorable and quicker to scan than either the prose or the list.

Tools

Mind mapping software can be used to organize large amounts of information, combining spatial organization, dynamic hierarchical structuring and node folding. Software packages can extend the concept of mind mapping by allowing individuals to map more than thoughts and ideas with information on their computers and the internet, like spreadsheets, documents, internet sites and images.

Edraw Mind Map

Edraw Mind Map is a free mind mapping freeware with rich examples and templates which make it easy to create mind maps, brain-storming diagrams, project timeline, life planner, SWOT analysis, flowcharts and sketch maps. Vistit Website www.edrawsoft.com/freemind.php to download.