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on 12 September 2010 - 1:02pm

The CmapTools software suite allows users to construct concept maps representing their understanding of a domain of knowledge. In the case of a large domain, or of a detailed representation of a domain, a single concept map can become unmanageable for the user to comprehend, display, and manipulate. To facilitate the construction of large representations, CmapTools allows the user to split them into collections of concept maps (Cmaps). To show the relationships between the Cmaps in the set, the software facilitates the linking of Cmaps, enabling the navigation from one Cmap to another. Additionally, the user can establish links to other types of resources (e.g. images, videos, sound clips, text) that help explain and complement the information in the map.


Compendium in comparison is based more around visualizing a network to access large amounts of information and so is less of a concept map, bordering on an interface for information management. However Compendium also  integrates the capability for planning, tracking and collaborating on the data files it links together. Making it a more collaborative approach to data management.