November 17, 2009
I have been using mind mapping for organizing my work flow in the archives. I recently agreed to do an informal presentation for RRLC’s College Archivists Roundtable so I decided to try it out as a presentation tool, rather than Powerpoint.
You can download free software for mind mapping at freemind.sourceforge.net if you want to try it out.
The presentation is on EAD so I begin with a center circle with EAD then add nodes for Who, Why, What, How and Resources.
I attach nodes to each of these, e.g. How has nodes for EAD Cookbook and Archivist’s Toolkit.
Each of them have nodes, e.g. EAD Cookbook has three; Download, starting a finding aid, troubleshooting.
Then each of those has nodes. It ends up looking like an illustration of evolution.
A couple of advantages are
- You don’t have to have all the branches open at once. You click on a node to expand it to the next level. This keeps it from being visually intimidating when you start out.
- You can add links to external webpages or programs and documents on your computer to each node.
The presentation is on Dec 4th. I’ll report back to you.