Tuesday, November 24, 2009

SciPlore Combines Mind Maps with Reference and PDF Management

SciPlore MindMapping

"SciPlore MindMapping is based on FreeMind (0.9 RC4 Max), which is a widely used free mind mapping software. Accordingly, SciPlore Mind Mapping offers all the features of FreeMind plus some additional features for researchers:
  • Adding Reference Keys Manually
    This feature allows assigning a reference key to a mind map’s node. This way, researchers can organize their ideas and reference to the origins.

  • Adding Reference Keys (BibTeX) Automatically
    Most reference managers (e.g. JabRef, BibDesk, Referencer, ...) allow assigning a file (usually PDF) to entries in the bibliographic database. If a file that is linked in the reference database is linked by a node in the mind map, SciPlore MindMapping automatically extracts the corresponding reference key from reference database and adds it to the mind map node. Currently, this feature only works with reference databases in BibTeX format.

  • PDF Bookmark Import
    When researchers read an article in PDF format, some create bookmarks for the most important statements in the article. The same information is likely to be needed in a mind map when structuring ideas or a new paper. SciPlore MindMapping offers the option to import bookmarks from a PDF. Each bookmark is imported as a node and each node is linked to the PDF. If the PDF is included in the user’s bibliographic database, the corresponding BibTeX key is also added.
It runs under Windows (95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, etc.) and maybe under Linux and Mac OS (Java 1.5 or later is required which is available for free). SciPlore MindMapping is 100% free and published under the GNU/GPL licence."

Jöran Beel, Bela Gipp, and Christoph Müller (Masterminds behind the project, PDF) this looks super interesting! I am going to explore it further right now :)

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