Saturday, April 30, 2011

Weighted Categorization of 4 Knowledge Maps

    Last year I was brainstorming with M. Mahmoud on a weighted categorization of various Knowledge Maps (K-Maps), this as input for his Diploma paper. He focused only on Mind Maps, Conceptual Graphs and Concept Maps, considered by us as mature enough and rich in expressing the various facets of knowledge. We came up with the following tables which could be used to evaluate the value of each K-Map based on a mixture of criteria provided by [1] and [2], considered also in [3]: content type, recipient type, content formats, layout, creation mode, purpose, knowledge type, visualization type, graphical form and function type. Each criteria is weighted on a 1..5 scale, from weak to strong. A downside of the below tables is that they were based on our understanding of the respective K-maps and were not based on survey or any other types of scholastic techniques, so the values should be used with caution. We also attempted to evaluate the K-maps from the perspective of humans (H) and computers (C), as the two type of M-map consumers come with different requirements. We find out that the evaluation of K-maps from this perspective isn’t so easy to achieve, not being aware of the all results in the field, the lack of time being other important consideration. We managed to apply this distinction only to content type, where a value of 2H refers to human, while a value of 2C refers to computers. The values considered for the other categories are considered only from the perspective of humans. What is missing from these tables, in respect to the initial tables, are the comments made to the some of the below evaluations.

Content Type

Mind Maps

Conceptual Graphs Ontology Concept Maps Weight Notes
Methods  2H, 2C 2H, 2C 4-5H, 2-3C 3H, 3C 2  
Processes 2H, 2C 1H. 1C 4H, 3C 4H, 3C 3  
Experts 5H, 2C 3H, 3C 5H, 2C  5H, 2C 3  
Organizational subdivision 5H, 1C 1H, 3C  5H , 1C 5H, 1C 2  
Lessons Learned and experiences  4H,1C 3H, 4C 3-4H, 1C  5H, 2C 3  
Skill and Competencies 5H, 2C 3H, 2C 5H, 2C  5H, 2C 3  
Concepts 4-5H, 3C 3-4H, 3C 5H, 3C 5H, 3C 5  
Events 4-5H, 3C 3-4H, 3C 5H, 3C 5H, 3C 4 same as concepts
Patents 2H, 1C 2H, 1C 3H, 1C 3H, 1C 2  
Communication flow 4-5H, 4C 4-5H, 4C 4-5H, 4C 4-5H, 4C 5  
Interest or Knowledge needs 4-5H, 2C 4-5H, 2C 4-5H, 2C 4-5H, 2C 4  
Recipient Type Mind Maps Conceptual Graphs Ontology  Concept Maps Weight Notes
Individual  5 4 4 5 5  
Team 5 4 5 5 3  
Organization And Networks 5 3 5 5 3  
Dyadic 5 4 4 5 4 same as individual
Departmental  5 4 5 5 2 same as team
Community  5 3 5 5 3 same as organization
Inter-Organization Maps 5 3 5 5 2 same as organization
Content Formats Mind Maps  Conceptual Graphs Ontology Concept Maps Weight Notes
Websites 5 3 4 5 3  
Documents  4 4 4 4 4  
DataBases or Repositories 5 5 5 5 5  
Learning Object  5 3 5 5 2  
Online Courses  3 1 3 3 3  
Notes taking 4 1 2 4 4  
Layout Mind Maps Conceptual Graphs Ontology  Concept Maps Weight Notes
Chained 3 4 5 5 3  
Clustered 5 2 5 5 4  
Hierarchical  5 3 5 5 4  
Radial 5 1 4 5 3  
Networked 5 3 5 5 5  
Creation Mode Mind Maps Conceptual Graphs Ontology Concept Maps Weight Notes
Manual 5 3 4 5 5  
Automated 2 3 2 2 3  
Semiautomated 3 4 3 3 3  
Collaborative 5 4 5 5 4  
             
Purpose Of KM Process Mind Maps Conceptual Graphs Ontology Concept Maps Weight Notes
Knowledge Creation 5 2 4 5 3  
Knowledge Assessment  or audit 5 3 4 5 4  
Knowledge Identification 5 4 5 5 4  
Knowledge Development or Acquisition 5 3 4 5 4  
Knowledge Transfer 5 2 4 5 5  
Sharing Or Communication 5 2 4 5 5  
Knowledge Application 4 3 5 4 3  
Knowledge Marketing  Maps 4 2 2 3 2  
Knowledge Type Mind Maps Conceptual Graphs Ontology Concept Maps Weight Notes
Know-What 5 4 5 5 5  
Know-Who 5 4 5 5 5  
Know-Why 5 4 5 5 5  
Know-Where 5 4 5 5 5  
Know-Who 5 4 5 5 5  
Visualization type Mind Maps Conceptual Graphs Ontology  Concept Maps Weight Notes
Sketch 3 1 2 4 4  
Diagram  3 1 2 3 3  
Image 3 1 2 3 2  
Map 2 1 2 2 2  
Object 1 1 2 2 3  
Interactive Visualization 3 1 3 3 4  
Story 3 2 2 3 4  
Graphical Form Mind Maps Conceptual Graphs Ontology  Concept Maps Weight Notes
Table 2 2 3 3 3  
Base Map     3 3 3 3 3  
Diagrammatic Maps 3 3 3 3 3  
Cartographic Maps  3 1 4 3 2  
Geographic Maps 3 1 4 3 2  
Heuristic Maps 3 1 3 3 3  
Metamorphic Maps 2 2 3 3 4  
Interactive Maps  4 2 3 4 4  
Mental Maps 4 2 2 3 4  
3D Maps 4 1 2 2 4  
Function Type Mind Maps Conceptual Graphs Ontology  Concept Maps Weight Notes
Coordination  3 2 4 4 5  
Attention  3 1 2 3 4  
Recall 4 1 2 4 5  
Motivation 3 1 2 4 3  
Elaboration  4 2 4 4 5  
New Insight 4 3 4 4 5  


[1] Burkhard, R., Meier, M., Smis, M., Allemang, J., Honisch, L. (2005). Beyond Excel and Powerpoint: Knowledge Maps for the Transfer and Creation of Knowledge in Organizations. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Information Visualisation, p76-81. [Online] Available from: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/Xplore/login.jsp?url=/ielx5/10086/32319/01509062.pdf?arnumber=1509062  (Accessed: 13 March 2009)
[2] Eppler, M.J. (2008). A Process-Based Classification of Knowledge Maps and Application Examples In: Knowledge and Process Management, Vol15, No1, p59–71. John Wiley & Sons. [Online] Available from: www.interscience.wiley.com (Accessed: 13 March 2009)
[3] Nastase, A. (2009). Utilizing Mind Maps as a Structure for Mining the Semantic Web. [Online] Available from:  http://www.scribd.com/doc/16612282/Dissertation-paper-Utilizing-Mind-Maps-as-a-Structure-for-Mining-the-Semantic-Web (Accessed: 20 June 2009)

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