What is the natural design element of the mobile phone (the smartphone) in the context of knowledge mapping? The Screen or, to put it another way, the infinitely scrolling Page. And what is the building block of the map as it applies to knowledge and experience? The infinitely scrolling Page.
In this way "maps" (in the way I talk about them; kmaps, mbooks, the "network of thought" maps at DebateGraph) are the way of the future for smartphones when we talk about presentation of non-fiction material. It cannot be otherwise. Well, if things so go the way I think they should.
How will this work in practice? The map will remain in the Cloud and the access system will be the browser. All very easy. I'm not a developer and don't know how to write such a system but DebateGraph has the reservoir of maps to make this a good database to work with.
It's difficult to imagine a digital publishing world based on mapping but we could head that way. We know how to read maps. We just have read non-fiction work for so long in a time-dependent way (and not a space-dependent way) that it's a wrench to start thinking in the new way.
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Issue-oriented non-profits, for example advocacy groups, are now submerged in the torrent of information flowing past us in the 60/60 information cycle. How do they cut through the clutter and present their view of the issue they were formed around to the viewing public? I suggest they do it using DebateGraph.
For example, here is a map created for the London Conference on Cyberspace: debategraph.org/londoncc held in November 2011. It is easy to imagine an organization that works in one of the thematic debate (debategraph.org/londoncctd) areas creating its own map explaining its own view and work in these areas.