Alexandra Okada, Wednesday 03 December 2014
We are delighted to announce that the second edition of the book Knowledge Cartography: Software Tools and Mapping Techniques has been published this month with five new chapters. The aim of this book is to present how mapping techniques and software tools can be used for learning, teaching and knowledge management.
The readers will find 540 pages with all the maps and images in colour presenting the current state-of-the-art in the field. This pioneer book in the area of Knowledge Cartography includes 22 chapters from 45 leading researchers and renowned practitioners. Learners will find new perspectives and tools to expand their visual thinking repertoire, while researchers will find rich enough conceptual grounding for further scholarship.
The book presents six chapters about OU research work, four European projects: OpenLearn, Engage, weSPOT and Catalyst and three KMi tools: Compendium, Cohere and Litemap. Dr. Anna de Liddo, co-author and head of the collective intelligence group in KMI, suggests this book to learners, educators, and researchers in all disciplines, as well as policy analysts, scenario planners, knowledge managers, team facilitators and research project coordinators.
Ale Okada, chief editor, highlights that it was a great experience for her to bring together renowned authors, practitioners and learners from across the world in various areas and divserse range of mapping techniques. "Various pioneers in mapping techniques and tools each authored a chapter. The book also includes innovative case studies developed by my students. We are now in the decade of BIG DATA. Knowledge mapping therefore became more relevant as a key skill for this digital age - useful in various fields for visualisation, sensemaking, management and collective intelligence. It is really fruitful to see that this book has been helping lots of new PhD students, educators, research groups and technologists. It has also been an important reference for various funded research projects”.
The first edition of this book was one of the top most downloaded eBooks in the Springer Collection. We think that the second edition will be popular too.
The book is also available at the Open University Library soon! Okada, A., Buckingham Shum, S. and Sherborne, T. (2014) Knowledge Cartography: Software Tools and Mapping Techniques. London: Springer Verlag.