As you may know, members of the Compendium Institute have been
developing a hypertext concept mapping tool that supports IBIS-style
issue/argument mapping. The system, codenamed Mifflin, is written in
Java, and currently uses an Access database, running on Windows. It
is descended from and compatible with the QuestMap product that you
may already use [http://www.gdss.com/omq/aboutQM.htm].
For historical reasons Mifflin has been developed at and is owned by
Verizon, USA), although the design effort has drawn in recent years
on the wider membership of Compendium users. We are now making the
case to Verizon that the release of Mifflin on an open source basis
is the most powerful way to see it developed.
As someone active in knowledge management, dialog mapping,
argumentation, concept mapping, or some other area that has a
connection to this, we would like to invite you to be a signatory to
the letter below, to strengthen our case that Mifflin is of interest
to a wide spectrum of users who would like to take it further. Maybe
you're already trying to build an IBIS-style concept mapping
environment. Or you can find immediate application for it. Or can see
* Please reply to this and send Simon with your
Name (Position, Affiliation) if you would to be a signatory
* If you're willing also to write a letter of support expanding
on applications/visions for the tool, then please also do so and
send Simon a PDF (just a single page please!).
Please forward to any colleagues who may be interested.
Albert Selvin (Verizon eBusiness, USA)
Simon Buckingham Shum (Knowledge Media Institute, Open Univ, UK)
SUPPORT FOR OPEN SOURCE RELEASE OF MIFFLIN
To (Verizon Management)
I have been working with Albert Selvin, Verizon eBusiness Technical
Group Leader, since 1998, on the Compendium approach to meeting
capture and business requirements analysis. As a researcher in
knowledge management and knowledge technologies, I regard the work
that he has been doing as unique within the field, and am delighted
that it is now being recognised more widely.
The Compendium approach is based around a hypertext system that Al's
team has developed in recent years, codenamed Mifflin. This enables
teams to capture their ideas and discussions in a visual, hyperlinked
medium. There are now many research groups who would like to use
this, and extend it further. Some are developing their own tools, but
this effort is simply duplicating what Mifflin already does. Mifflin
is robust, and its design and implementation make it an attractive
platform for many exciting new applications.
You will be familiar with the concept of Open Source software as an
internet-centric approach to developing promising new software. made
most famous by the Linux operating system. Software given away,
extended and re-released by a community committed to it.
I, and the undersigned international colleagues, are writing to
strongly support the idea of releasing Mifflin for free download over
the internet, plus the Java code on an open source license.
We would urge you to seriously consider this as the most creative and
powerful way to see Mifflin evolve in the future.
Simon Buckingham Shum (Lecturer, Knowledge Media Institute, Open Univ., UK)
The undersigned plan to use/extend Mifflin should it be released on
an open source basis:
<your name here!>
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