Yesterday I wrote on my business blog about searchCrystal
and noted that I liked the graphical display of its search results.
Today I stumbled upon a couple of sites that deal with visual
information management. First I came across VisualComplexity.com which is best explained by this description from the site's "About" page:
VisualComplexity.com intends to be a unified resource
space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks.
The project's main goal is to leverage a critical understanding of
different visualization methods, across a series of disciplines, as
diverse as Biology, Social Networks or the World Wide Web. I truly hope
this space can inspire, motivate and enlighten any person doing
research on this field.
From the VisualComplexity site I found TheBrain.com.
These guys have visual content management products, one for individuals
and the other for enterprises. They describe their products this way:
TheBrain Technologies is the leading provider of visual content
management solutions. The company was founded in 1996 and has been
delivering award-winning information management solutions for over a
decade. By connecting people, processes, and information, TheBrain's
products provide unparalleled context for smarter information discovery
and more informed decision-making.
TheBrain technology can be utilized on corporate intranets, desktops, and the Internet. Some
applications include: customer care, project management, dynamic mind mapping, IT management and helpdesks,
impact assessment, competitive intelligence, marketing and sales support, and personal information management.
TheBrain has two primary products: PersonalBrain for
individual users and BrainEKP, an enterprise knowledge platform for group collaboration.
I've always struggled with content management. In the physical
world I'm a "pile don't file" kind of guy because when I file it I
forget about it. (A happy compromise for me is binders; active
projects are organized in binders that I keep on my desk and then I
shelve the binders once the project is complete). I'm constantly
hunting for files online because my folder systems tend to get too
complex and so I forget if I saved a file under "Taxes" or
"Accounting." These products offer hope for folks like me.