Dekstrus Inc.

I am a...
Management Consultant
Enterprise Architect
Process Architect
Web Master
Student (Upper Level University)
Student (Highschool, College Freshman)

I describe my self as a person who...
Likes to share my research
Likes to publish my work
Posts to Wikipedia
Posts to YouTube
Is underwhelmed by Microsoft® Vista
Values reuse
I describe myself as a person who likes to share my research:

Context-sensitive maps give readers options and let them follow their interests.

I like to share my research, but the internet is a bit of a mixed blessing for that. It makes it easy and fast to share anything I want, but there's so much else out there that it's hard to keep people from just jumping off to somebody else's site. So when I try put my research onto a single web page it's always a balancing act between going into the depth I want and keeping it short enough that I don't frighten people away.
But when I share my research as maps I can go into the amount of depth I want without ending up with a long article nobody will read. Why? Because even if the map is big, each of the sections on it is pretty small and it's easy for people to find the sections they want. I build maps because people can navigate as they want, and follow the parts of my research that interest them rather than leaving as soon as they hit a part that doesn't. It's interactive.
Maps organize knowledge in a very conspicuous way: at first glance my readers can tell that I know my stuff and at second glance they can form pretty clear ideas about what they want to learn from me. Because my research is laid out visually, my readers can see exactly how one thing leads to another and, if they want to get to the goal with me, then they are more likely to be willing to take the necessary steps. They never say "where is he going with this?", because they can look at the map and see exactly where I'm going.
I link to outside sources a lot, and being able to add meta-data to a link describing why it is important, what's good about it, what don't I like, etc., adds a lot of value to the link. My readers never have to follow a link blind: they can always get a quick idea of exactly what I think about the link before deciding whether it's worth their whiles.
Another feature I find really useful is the subdocumenting. A subdocument opens a document directly to a highlighted passage. I can highlight an important passage and save the highlight to the map, all in a few clicks. Then I add meta-data describing why the subdocument is valuable. Not only do readers get the gist really quickly, but if they want to read deeper, the full document is already open for them.
Maps give me the advantages of the internet (you can easily link anything to anything) with the advantages of a traditional research paper (you can organize your work). It really is the best of both worlds.
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