Web2.0 is all about participation, community, knowledge sharing and web services - at least that is my take.
Look anywhere on the web and you will find references to blogs, wikis, mashups, VoIP?, podcasts, remixing, web platforms, AJAX, open APIs and more..... What is missing, is visual knowledge creation such as we see in concept maps. To my way of thinking this is a serious oversight.
Concept maps (Cmaps) are a key player in knowledge creation, learning, improving understanding, making links or connections and sharing insights. Joe Novak tells it all in this key article. There would seem to be a natural connection between Cmaps and web2.0 based on their many shared themes.
My partner Patrick Hindert first made the connection between web2.0 (mashups) and concept maps for me and has encouraged others to share and build on this insight. Barbara Bowen explores this relationship in her recent post. She mentions the visual affordances, cognitive help and utility of propositions connecting concept nodes when it comes to improving knowledge. This is illustrated with a well-defined knowledge model that walks one through the links between web2.0 and lawyers.
I would encourage you to explore her work, open the sub-maps, take the links and use this tool to increase your own sense-making and deepen your appreciation for what concept maps can do. Did you know you can use a free Cmapping tool to collaboratively construct your own concept maps?. There is no easier or deeper way to elicit tacit knowledge, capture evolving insights, and record relationships that contribute to a stronger shared understanding.
If web2.0 and lawyers make it onto your interest landscape, wander through our weblaw20 wiki, steal our filtered resources, visit our selection of technologies, apply to join the wiki and add to our collective thinking and writing.
Do you have insights to share about the synergy that is concept mapping and web2.0?