We got slideshow of the day!

Screenshot of Slideshare

Since I posted our presentation on Mind Mapping for effective content management on Slideshare yesterday I woke to discover that

  1. “IWMW 2008, Aberdeen, Scotland” was the first “Spotlight” on our presentation sharing service of choice,

    and more remarkably that

  2. Our presentation was being featured as “Slideshow of the Day” on the homepage!

There have a few more developments resulting from delivering the presentation and posting it on Slideshare, but I’ll share those at a later date when things have been sorted out.

In the meantime, I’m heading to bed. It’s been a long, tiring, incredibly hot but satisfying trip to The Granite City for IWMW 2008.

Mind Mapping for effective content management

I’m currently in Aberdeen at the Institutional Web Management Workshop 2008 conference, blogging this during a presentation by someone at JISC. Because you can do that at a geeky conference without it looking rude!

There are currently about 30 delegates (including one of the joint chairs of the conference) sitting in front of their PC laptops, Macs and mobile devices checking e-mail, Twittering (you can read all the #iwmw2008-referenced tweets at http://twemes.com/iwmw2008), adding content to the conference Ning social-network site: http://iwmw2008.ning.com/ and probably a bunch of other stuff.


I’m just delighted to have connected to the Web via Eduroam, which allows users from participating institutions to connect to the network on another participating institution’s network.

So because Aberdeen and St Andrews both use Eduroam I am now able to connect to the Aberdeen WiFi connection using my St Andrews username and password. It’s a great system and I’m delighted that it works.

Mind you I had to install a piece of software from St Andrews that automatically configured my networking settings before it would work properly, and I was relieved that I’d been long-sighted enough to have saved that application to my flash drive just in case I ever needed it.

Today I needed it.

  • Install.
  • Reboot.
  • Connect.
  • Happy user.

Glorious Aberdeen

The weather is glorious! Too hot for me, I must admit … is it always like this in Aberdeen? I thought “Aberdeen … cold!” so I packed two jumpers and a couple of coats. It looks like I’ve come for a month, to the land of the Polar Bears.

I’ve been in shorts (and kilt) since I arrived.

Workshop presentation

Yesterday my colleague and I gave a 90 minutes workshop presentation entitled “Mind Mapping for effective content management” which introduced the concept of mind maps, showed why it was a good tool for use with Web projects and then gave a case study on how we used it in our university project to migrate 3,000+ Web pages into a new information architecture.

The slides are now available online at SlideShare: Mind Mapping for effective content management (and embedded above).

The workshop was really well attended, we had nearly 30 people packed into a small, stiflingly-hot tutorial room, and we both enjoyed sharing our experience and getting great feedback and questions from folks. But then it’s quite easy talking about something that you love doing and are passionate about.

On reflection, both during and after, we realised that we could have presented some of the concepts much more clearly, or at least in a more step-by-step fashion. Particularly when we made the leap from auditing a website structure using mind maps to auditing the content of a Web page.

However, with only 90 minutes to play with I think we managed to pack in as much as we could, as well as we could. We even finished bang on time, not a second before or after.

And then we could relax and enjoy the rest of the conference.

Update: You can see Mike Whyment’s photo taken during our session on Flickr.

Mindjet MindManager 7 coming soon

Screenshot of Mindjet MindManager 7

One of my favourite and most-used applications is Mindjet MindManager 2002. I use it for everything, from planning websites and managing complex projects to helping to decide what to buy people for Christmas and reorganising my filing cabinet.

Mindmapping is a fabulous tool and of all the mindmapping applications that I’ve tried Mindjet‘s MindManager family of applications are by far my favourite. They are attractive, powerful and intuitive to use.

New version

The good news is that there is a major new version coming out this week: MindManager 7, which uses the new Microsoft ‘ribbon’ interface, also known as ‘Fluent UI‘.

I’ve said before on this blog that I’m a fan of the new Microsoft interface, as used in Office 2007, so I’m really looking forward to trying it within the context of mindmaps.

If you already have a previous version of MindManager you can buy an upgrade to version 6 (before 30 May) and you’ll automatically receive version 7 free. Needless to say I’ve already upgraded.

Try it

If you’ve never discovered mindmapping I urge you to download the MindManager trial and give it a go. At the university we used MindManager 2002 to manage and plan the migration of about 3,000 webpages very efficiently, and very effectively.

Also available

Other useful mindmapping resources that I’ve discovered recently include:

  • The Mindjet Blog

    This is the official Mindjet blog, which is as you might expect rather MindManager-centric.

  • The Mind Mapping Software Weblog

    It’s a blog. About mindmapping. Who would have thought?! It has a very comprehensive list of mindmapping applications available for all your favourite operating systems, as well as Web 2.0-style web-based applications.

  • Mindomo

    This is one of the few web-based mindmapping applications that I’ve tried, and I have to admit to being impressed. Never has distributed community mindmapping been so simple.

I’ll post a review of MindManager 2007 as soon as I’ve installed it and given it a whirl.