Visualizing Information – creating an image of information

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I am a visual person and I see concepts and ideas better if they were represented as an image. Mind-maps are good to a certain extent. Mind-maps are good to build a picture of how an idea can be expanded.

But what if you want to build a diagram from an existing collection of information?

Here is where this free tool comes in. I’ve been using it and can vouch for the fact, it really does help you create an image of information.

The Visual Understanding Environment or VUE is an open source project developed at the Tufts University.

The VUE project is focused on creating flexible tools for managing and integrating digital resources in support of teaching, learning and research. VUE provides a flexible visual environment for structuring, presenting, and sharing digital information.

VUE excels at doing what it’s designed to do. I’ve been using it for a little over two(2) weeks and it has help me tremendously with designing process and organizing collected information into a diagram, which is easy to present.

The coolest feature is the ability to encapsulize information into categories of sub-groups of a larger theme. This is something mind-mapping tools cannot do. It is this feature that allows you to create visual representation of information that may have several layers of organization.

You can also link external files, images and hyperlinks to the individual boxes; thus giving you the capability to create a visual relationship map of resources that may rest in different locations.

It’s a cool application and the fact it’s free, just adds to the luster.

If you’ve downloaded it, and given it a try; let me know what you think by leaving a comment.

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