In answer to: The Evolution of the Visual Mapper (Part Deux)?
Do you believe the Visual/Knowledge mapping arena has experienced a measurable advancement since the publication of the original article?
1. If yes: what do you believe have been the most relevant advancements?
There hasn’t been any major advancement in the current visual/knowledge mapping arena. A very interesting attempt is a visualization of information from online available data and to build a map of logically and semantically connected information as a mind map, where possible interconnections will be automatically presented with the description of the type of relationship that different items might have.
Advancements were needed and seen with the integrations of tools with external storages such as Google Drive, Box, DropBox, OneDrive etc, like in iMindQ Online. Mind Mapping tools manufacturers have invested in adding new project management features within their tools, or tried building new light, agile project management tools or task management tools, that will be integrated with the mind mapping tools for planning and managing projects within small teams.
2. If not: what have been the most notable failures of advancements?
The failures can be seen in the slow expansion in raising the awareness of individuals and businesses regarding the benefits that both mind mapping and visualization arena, offer in general.
Because there is no major advancements in the arena, no specific consequences can be seen or expected.
The consequences of the failures can be seen in the stagnation in development of future advancements in the arena and the wider adoption of those advancements from both individuals and businesses.
We are far away from being considered as a mainstream addition. The visual/knowledge mapping arena is more perceived as an addition to or as an alternative to other productivity tools.
Tools that fall into the visual/knowledge mapping arena, should try to find new ways that will fulfill business needs of people, in order to save them time in today’s busy world. This might help establish mind mapping as a new mainstream addition to other productivity tools, in which the data is better organized, connected and presented.
5. How do you envision the future of visual/knowledge mapping arena?