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Debategraph: a wiki with a map visualization

Debategraph home.jpgThose looking at wikis … well, everyone really, should have a look at Debategraph.

The Debategraph works like a structured argument map, but it has a wiki underlying it that lets anyone contribute to the debate. The map is rendered in Flash. Clicking on globes moves through the premises, counter-premises, related arguments, and evidence. The map can be switched to a more traditional tree outline view.

Argument maps chart informal arguments so that the premises, objections, rebuttals, and evidence are clearly connected visually. In this way, argument maps can be developed collaboratively and developed over time. They take a little getting used to, but the Debategraph interface guides contributers pretty well.

The current front page debate is the crisis in Gaza, but that debate is connected to a set of other related debates that are worth exploring.

It might be a more formal tool than many of us are used to – and a more structured way of developing an argument than we’re used to – but it’s a way the ruling powers, consultants, think tanks, and other groups work out their thinking.


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Matt Thommes / matthom

Pay Matt’s blog a visit.  It’ll be worth your time.

Matt Thommes / matthom

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blog posting options

I know we’re on to Wikis now, but I want to mention a couple of ways of accessing and writing your blog. Free, of course.

On the Mac side For Windows, Linux and Mac, the Flock browser combines access to blogging, uploading and review of pics on Flickr and youTube, as well as access to del.icio.us and twitter and Facebook in one window. When everything’s running, the interface is pretty crowded, but Flock is interesting to play with.  [Thanks quaelin.]

For both Windows and Mac, Firefox uses ScribeFire, an extension that lets you blog in the same window that you’re viewing. I use ScribeFire mainly on a small screen portable

So: Anyone know if there’s anything like Flock on the Windows side? Any other options for Windows or Mac users?

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