WikiSummarizer from Context Discovery is a web-based application that specialises in summarising Wikipedia articles.  Aimed at anyone who needs to learn, understand or write about topics, the application will benefit such diverse roles as researcher, student, writer, journalist and blogger.

“Summarization” is the process by which a piece of text, document or article is analysed to produce a list of keywords and the more significant text extracts associated with these keywords.image

 

 

 

The immediate benefit from a summary comes from a review of the keywords, giving the reader instant insight into the substance and meaning of the text.  Further review of the extracted sentences adds to this initial insight.

Wikipedia contains almost 4 million articles, I’m told.

WikiSummarizer has summarised almost all of these articles and holds them in a knowledge database that can be searched.  It is possible to enter a keyword and have WikiSummarizer return a list of potentially the most relevant articles.  Alternatively, one can use a keyword to find and select a Wikipedia article which is then presented in summary form in the browser.  In either instance, the summaries can be downloaded to either word processing or mind mind mapping applications for further review and editing.

To illustrate how WikiSummarizer works, the following screen shots follow the process of finding a summarised article and downloading it to Word and to Mind Manager. 

First let’s look for summarised articles on “project planning”.  As the keywords are entered, WikiSummarizer presents possible matches in a drop down list for selection.

Wiki search

Next, select the relevant item from the drop down list and search.  WikiSummarizer returns a list of summarised articles.

Wiki search result

To view a summary, click on the “Link Summary” link for the article of interest.  The summary is presented as a list of keywords, each of which has listed under it sentences most relevant to that keyword.  The list is expandable and collapsible to make reading easier.

Wiki search summary

You could print the summary from the browser or download it either as a Rich Text File (RTF) or MindJet MindManager file.

Wiki search summary rtf

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Although the technology demonstrated is aimed at Wikipedia it can work with other information sources such as a web site, SharePoint, corporate document repository and content management system.

To find out more visit the Context Discovery blog where you can see more examples.

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MindJet have announced the release of MindManager 9.2.  Enhancements include:

  • Topic alerts – now operate without MindManager being open
  • Support for task duration of less than 1 hour
  • Gantt view filtering
  • Task dependencies now compatible with MS Project
  • Cut and paste marker groups between maps
  • and more ………

Gantt Filtering

See the latest post on the MindJet Blog.

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New, Faster Biggerplate

March 8, 2011

Just launched is the new, faster Biggerplate – the mind map library for MindManager maps.

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The new site features:

  • bulk upload – up to 10 maps at a time
  • improvements to categorisation
  • automatic creation of map descriptions and tags
  • enhanced map previewing
  • copyright control
  • profile features that help promote yourself and your business.

Overall the site makes it much easier to find maps that interest you.  If you find a map by an author you like, you can quickly find other maps by that same author.  Perhaps the greatest improvement is the speed of the site, navigation from page to page, map previewing and downloading are all incredibly fast and easy.

Presenting Project Timelines

February 22, 2011

tmp2 Gantt charts are most commonly used by project managers to represent activities and milestones over time.  These work well however there are times when an alternative form of presentation would be nice.  Not everyone new to projects and project management understands or appreciates Gantt charts, for instance.

One alternative is a timeline.  There are many ways of creating these using software but one of the easiest to maintain might be that produced by MindView.  MindView can take a project plan – whether a mind map created in MindView (or MindManager) or in MS Project – and prepare a timeline view with just a few clicks.  Programme - timeline filter

As with most things, too much detail can hide the key messages, so filter the items to show just what you need.

Building on previous maps, this one takes the analysis and planning steps and combines them with a template for producing the meeting briefing and agenda. The map may be used as a guide, a checklist or a template. Sample text is provided for the meeting briefing as topic callouts, to illustrate how to produce a deliverable out of the analysis and planning.

5 Steps to A Successful Meeting

The five steps are:

  1. Complete Analysis
  2. Complete Planning
  3. Prepare Meeting Briefing
  4. Prepare Agenda
  5. Issue the Briefing with Agenda Attached.

The map is available to download as a MindManager 9 map from Biggerplate and Maps for That.  A MindView version will be posted shortly.

 

MindJet have launched MindManager Version 9 today, 10th August.

New and improved features include:

  • improved start up and general performance
  • built-in Gantt chart and resource monitoring views
  • interactive slide views
  • MS PowerPoint integration
  • MS Outlook integration and synchronisation.

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MindManager_OutlookDashboardsOutlook integration 

 

 

 

 

You can learn more from the MindJet website.  MindJet have also released a new promotional video, which you can watch here.

 

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More on Slides in MM9

August 4, 2010

imageIn an earlier posting I described the new “Slides” feature of MindManager 9 – see “Working with Slides in MM9”.  The version I was using at the time allowed for the creation of the slide views and for the slides to be printed. 

 

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A new version of the pre-release software has additional function that allows the information in the “Slides” view to be exported to PowerPoint.

In this simple example, I have first created three slides from a map I made by importing this week’s tasks from Outlook 2010.

To save the slides to Powerpoint, click on the drop down menu in the slides pane – to the left of the main screen.  Select “Export Slides to Microsoft PowerPoint”.

 

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This opens a “Save file” dialogue – enter the file name and select the folder location for the PowerPoint file.

 

 

 

imageA new dialogue box pops up offering you several choices. You can export your slides as a text outline – each slide will be converted to a bulleted list on a PowerPoint slide.  Or you can export the slide contents as PowerPoint objects – the map structure of the slide will be recreated as PowerPoint drawing objects.

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The bulleted list option.

 

 

 

 

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The PowerPoint objects option.

Obviously one then has the option to edit the objects and reformat them to suit.

 

 

 

 

Other options let you select your preferred PowerPoint template and whether you want to export any topic notes as PowerPoint speaker notes.

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