WikiMedia Project Webmap Helps To Make Wiki-Contributing Easier [New Map]

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Is there anybody on the planet who has ever been online that hasn’t used Wikipedia? It’s an amazing free knowledge resource. But it relies on you, and millions like you, to contribute new articles and to continuously update and improve existing ones. Indeed that is one of the hopes we have for the many maps that we have made that link through to Wikipedia (see below). If you see something that’s “wrong”, or you think “why haven’t they mentioned that, you can’t talk about this without including that?”, then rather than just tutting and clicking the back button, why not add add your tu’pence worth to the global knowledge bank and edit the article?

 

It Ain’t Just Wikipedia You Know!

The same is true of the many sister projects run by the WikiMedia Foundation, the non-profit charitable organization, which is headquartered in California but also has a global network of affiliated “local chapters“. Wiktionary, Wikibooks, Wikisource, Wikidata, Wikiversity, Wikiquote, Wikispecies, Wikinews, Wikivoyage….. the list goes on and on. What do you mean you haven’t heard of all of these? You are in for a surprise then my friend when you realise that, as well as all these major “content projects”, there are many others that haven’t quite grown up enough to get a domain of their own yet (WikiJunior anyone?).

Then there are the projects for “outreach and administration” like Wikimedia Outreach, and “technical development” like WikiTech & Wikimedia Labs. And of course there’s MetaWiki, the central hub for the wiki community, where much of the effort is coordinated. These are all crucial components that support the whole people, organisation and technical infrastructure that keeps the content sites growing and improving for the future (see a full list of wikimedia projects here).

 

Doing Our Bit

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Well as our “starter for 10″ to help make contributing and editing to any of these Wiki projects easier, Knowledge Mappers has produced a FREE WikiMedia Projects Basic Webmap. This maps the main navigation of the Wikimedia Foundation website and all of the major web projects operating under the Wikimedia banner, all in one handy map. With over 900 branches hyperlinked to the project web pages, this map will help users make their contribution to the detailed knowledge sharing effort whilst not losing sight of the “big picture”.

More power to you Wikimedians!


Go to the WikiMedia Projects Basic Webmap product page.

 

PS: Examples Of Our Wikipedia Maps

Many of our maps link through to at least Wikipedia, if not addional Wikimedia sites:-

 

For example our Countries of the World Research Atlas (Geographic Layout) map shows all the countries in a pseudo-geographic layout according to UN defined Macro Geographical Regions And Sub-Regions. There are >5500 hyperlinks through to webpages about the countries including the Country Page, Portal & Index of country-related articles on Wikipedia; the Index of country-related images & atlases on Wikimedia Commons and the Country page on Wikivoyage. In turn these pages have 1000s more links, all from one document! That’s the power of digital mindmaps.

At Knowledge Mappers we believe this visual approach is a great “way in” to Wikipedia and related projects for both consumers of the information, and potential contributors / editors. We think this holds true whether they are laymen or “professional” researchers.

In the adademic world the “mindmapping effect” is well known. But it should be emphasised that the scope and functionality of mindmapping software goes way beyond what is possible with traditional, paper-based mindmapping. For us it is a general information mapping and visualisation tool, it’s not just for “brainstorming”. However the “mindmapping effect” still applies – by seeing the information in front of you, further thoughts and mental connections are sparked.

Our “information cartography” work with mindmapping software and Wikipedia was a logical extension of working with geographic information for many years. If you can use GIS software to map “real world” space, why not mindmapping software to map “information space”? And if you are going to map information space, why not digital information space so that you can take advantage of the softwares hyperlinking ability?

In traditional geographic mapping one of the maxims is that the “map is not the territory”. We believe this is no longer strictly true in digital information mapping!

 


Go to the WikiMedia Projects Basic Webmap product page.

 

Calendar Maps To 2020 Help You Plan For Your Best, Most Organised (And Most Informed!) Years Ever! [New Maps]

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Are you actively planning for the future but constantly struggling to keep track of work, family and hobby commitments? Perhaps you are planning next years holiday but are already failing to keep up with all the family members activities to identify a 2 week window when you are all available? Maybe you’re the one who is overloaded and can’t keep your Outlook calendar up to date with your every changing schedule. It’s always such a pain editing those events one by one isn’t it, especially on your smart phone screen!. Are you actually here for that show whose advert you’ve just scene but which isn’t actually on in your town until November next year? And what about that legendary St Patricks Day night out with the boys / girls (what day of the week is it on again next year)?

So what’s the solution? Well our Calendar Maps in digital mindmap format, combined with the versatility of the MindManager mindmapping software you know and love, go a long way to giving you back as much detailed control of your schedule as you want whilst still enabling you to see the bigger picture. Use them to keep track of everything that is, was, may be, or may not be, happening in your (and your families) life for the next few years – we have calendar maps available up to 2020! (Calendars for 2015 and previous years are also still available).

Calendar Map Types

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Generic Calendar Maps denote generic month & dates by text and graphic but do not identify individual days of the week.
Use our FREE generic calendar map to create your own basic annual planner maps for as many years into the future as you want (also available as a generic academic calendar).

 

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Basic Calendar Maps denote the actual year and month, and day of the month and day of the week by text and graphic, including weekdays and weekends. However unlike in our standard calendar map there are no sub-branches with notable diary events or links to relevant articles on Wikipedia.
Use our Basic Calendars for more detailed planning (because they are more straightforward for us to create, the next 5 years at least are always available on our online store).

 

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Standard Calendar Maps show months and days all uniquely identified by year, month, day and day of the week graphic and textual description. There are also over 300 further sub-branches showing selected diary events of international public significance which contain links to the relevant web page(s) about them (eg. Wikipedia, United Nations). Events include:-

  • Astronomical Events (lunar cycles, equinoxes etc.)
  • Commemorative Days
  • Cultural / Environmental / Health / Human Rights Issue Awareness Days
  • Profession Awareness Days
  • Major Religious Festivals
  • United Nations Official Days
  • Civil Observances

There are also nationally significant days & public holidays specific to a particular country. Currently we cover the United Kingdom and the United States, but there is also a general edition without national events for each year so you can add those for your own particular country.
Use our Standard Calendars to help you have your best, most organised (and most informed!) year ever! Obviously with unique graphics and over 300 diary events these maps take a lot more effort to create, however we aim to have Standard Calendars available on our website for the next 2 years at least (but we will create them for later years if you want, just get in touch).

 

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All our Calendar Maps also come with a FREE Time Related Templates Map which can be used in conjunction with the calendar map to create your own diary and timeline branches to the level of chronological detail you require. (map will be added to your cart automatically)!

Uses of Our Calendar Maps:
The uses of of our calendar maps are at least 3-fold (but I am sure you can think of more):-

  • Stand-Alone Calendars - They can be used as stand-alone calendar maps to record whatever you would want to in as much chronological detail as you require, be it for work, family, hobbies, personal journal or blog, whatever.
  • Source Templates - They can be used as a source template to add calendar branches to other maps. The fact that entries can incorporate hyperlinks to websites or other documents, text and images as well as extracts from other maps, and that significant public events are already listed (even for events that shift around the calendar every year eg. Easter), makes it a very powerful tool for self-organisation, forward planning and time management. Just as importantly though it will serve as a fantastic historical record of your year, not to mention digital archiving tool.
  • Public Education Resources - Users can discover further information about the public events in the world and perhaps make a connection that they wouldn’t otherwise have done.

 

Specific Tips For Use

  1. Using the FREE Time Related Template Map included in the download with any Calendar Map, “mix & match” the branches to create days of sufficient chronological detail to suit your purpose eg. copy and paste the “minutes in an hour” into each “hours in a day” branch and copy all of them onto the day branches of the calendar map to plan your day to the nearest minute! (Note during “copy and paste” the formatting of the branch contents will change to that of the theme of the map you are adding to).
  2. Create an “Annual Planner” map using our FREE Generic Calendar Map to keep a permanent record of events that always recur on the same date every year, such as birthdays, or have some other predictable occurrence eg. a hobby club that meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, or a festival that always takes place over the Easter holidays. If you then maintain this Annual Planner map as a “living document” that is always to hand (eg. by putting it on your online “Mindjet Connect” account), you can then simply copy and paste branches to your new diary map to get a “heads-up” for planning the forthcoming year.
    Note: A good tip is to insert a hyperlink to the relevant webpage on the branch of the Planner Map (eg. the club events or diary page) so that you can easily take note of the exact dates of future events when you come to fill out your new diary map for the forthcoming year.
  3. NOTE: WE WOULD ALWAYS RECOMMEND USERS WORK ON A DUPLICATE COPY OF THE MAP SO THEY WILL STILL HAVE THE ORIGINAL AS A STARTING POINT FOR SUBSEQUENT RESEARCH PROJECTS.

See the About Our Maps section for the full list of general hints & tips for working with our maps.

Watch our Standard Calendar walk-through video below, or go to the future years calendars category to start getting back control of your schedule!