Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Alberto J. Cañas, Joseph D. Novak
    Pages 25-46
  3. Rita de Cássia Veiga Marriott, Patrícia Lupion Torres
    Pages 47-72
  4. Romain Zeiliger, Liliane Esnault
    Pages 89-111
  5. Glenn Rowe, Chris Reed
    Pages 164-181
  6. Simon Buckingham Shum, Alexandra Okada
    Pages 249-265
  7. John Lowrance, Ian Harrison, Andres Rodriguez, Eric Yeh, Tom Boyce, Janet Murdock et al.
    Pages 307-333
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 383-400

About this book


Knowledge Cartography is the discipline of mapping intellectual landscapes. The focus of this book is on the process by which manually crafting interactive, hypertextual maps clarifies one’s own understanding, as well as communicating it. 

The authors see mapping software as a set of visual tools for reading and writing in a networked age. In an information ocean, the primary challenge is to find meaningful patterns around which we can weave plausible narratives. Maps of concepts, discussions and arguments make the connections between ideas tangible and disputable.

With 17 chapters from the leading researchers and practitioners, the reader will find the current state–of-the-art in the field. Part 1 focuses on educational applications in schools and universities, before Part 2 turns to applications in professional communities, but with many cross-cutting themes:

  • conceptual frameworks for understanding knowledge cartography
  • visual languages, many of which work on both paper and with software
  • specialist software, much of it freely available and open source
  • case studies reflecting on successes and failures
  • ways in which maps can be used both effectively and ineffectively
  • examples of how to evaluate maps
  • visit the website for updates on the field, and extra resources for each chapter:

 Knowledge Cartography will be of interest to learners, educators, and researchers in all disciplines, as well as policy analysts, scenario planners, knowledge managers and team facilitators. Practitioners will find new perspectives and tools to expand their repertoire, while researchers will find rich enough conceptual grounding for further scholarship.


Cognitive learning Collaborative Learning Information analysis Internet Knowledge mapping techniques Knowledge mapping tools Open Source Scaffolding Web cartography knowledge management learning organization visualization

Editors and affiliations

  • Alexandra Okada
    • 1
  • Simon Buckingham Shum
    • 1
  • Tony Sherborne
    • 2
  1. 1.Knowledge Media InstituteThe Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK
  2. 2.The Centre for Science EducationSheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK

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From the reviews:

"This book attempts to describe the state of the art in the field … . Given the academic and research-oriented focus and style of this book, it will be of most interest to researchers in knowledge cartography and students who desire a research-focused survey of the field. Professional practitioners of knowledge mapping … who wish to use knowledge maps for pedagogical purposes, should also find this book helpful for increasing their repertoires of techniques and deepening their skills." (ACM Computing Reviews, May, 2009)