Mind Mapping for Archival Processing:     Using Personal Brain Software to      Facilitate Arrangement of the       August...
Auguste Martin collection                  
Auguste Martin collection              
Auguste Martin collection                       36.1 Linear                              feet,                          57...
Auguste Martin collection                  
Why choose Mind Mapping for this           project? ?                 • Collection lent itself to                   experi...
Overview of Mind Mapping                 
Why choose Personal Brain?              • Limited resources - technical                expertise and budget              •...
      
      
Experience of applying Personal Brain          to arrangement• Tool for organization and   • Archivists Toolkit  visualiza...
Personal Brain: Strengths & weaknessesStrengths:                           Weaknesses: • Good for visual                  ...
Other Applications of Mind Mapping            for ArchivistsAids in revealing patterns andrelationships:•Classification sc...
Archivists must “develop proactive,innovative, and collaborative approachesto fulfill their institutional mission. Amidste...
Useful Linkshttp://www.thebrain.com/products/personalbrain/know-morehttp://mac.appstorm.net/reviews/productivity-review/pe...
Thank You - Questions?Jillian Slater, Project Archivist, University of Daytonjslater1@udayton.eduAmy Rohmiller, Program As...
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Mind Mapping for Archival Processing: Using Personal Brain Software to Facilitate Arrangement of the Auguste Martin Collection

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Mind mapping has long been used to aid in many types of information organization, from the writing process to project management. It allows for graphical representation of the relationships and patterns that exist in large, complex sets of data. Archivists at the University of Dayton identified the mind map structure as a tool for helping to gain physical and intellectual control over a topically complex, multi-format collection. The features of a mind map could assist in dissecting relationships between materials and reveal new insights, connections, hierarchies and sibling relationships. The flexible structure was conducive to visualizing deviating sets of information and accommodating fluctuating arrangement as materials were discovered during processing. This session will explore how archivists used the mind mapping software, Personal Brain, to facilitate collaborative processing of the Auguste Martin collection and demonstrate the application of mind mapping concepts in archival arrangement.

Session presented by Amy Rohmiller and Jillian Slater at the 2012 Society of Ohio Archivists Annual Conference.

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Mind Mapping for Archival Processing: Using Personal Brain Software to Facilitate Arrangement of the Auguste Martin Collection

  1. 1. Mind Mapping for Archival Processing: Using Personal Brain Software to Facilitate Arrangement of the Auguste Martin Collection  Society of Ohio Archivists Annual Conference, 2012. Amy Rohmiller and Jillian Slater, University of Dayton
  2. 2. Auguste Martin collection   
  3. 3. Auguste Martin collection  
  4. 4. Auguste Martin collection 36.1 Linear feet, 57 boxes
  5. 5. Auguste Martin collection   
  6. 6. Why choose Mind Mapping for this project? ? • Collection lent itself to experimentation • Very visual and flexible • Reduces information overload • Basic structure already parallels archival arrangement
  7. 7. Overview of Mind Mapping   
  8. 8. Why choose Personal Brain? • Limited resources - technical expertise and budget • Allowed for easy collaboration • Easy to use features • Got generally good reviews from Google search
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  11. 11. Experience of applying Personal Brain to arrangement• Tool for organization and • Archivists Toolkit visualization • Planning• Optimal arrangement?
  12. 12. Personal Brain: Strengths & weaknessesStrengths:          Weaknesses: • Good for visual • Labels dont change when a learning/working style thought changes • Easily adapts to changes in • Certain functions go away arrangement after the free trial period - • Reduces information ability to attach files and overload by allowing you to URLs to thoughts narrow your focus • Web brain functionality • Graphic nature can allow problems earlier recognition of patterns • Its fun to use and fun to say "The Brain" :)
  13. 13. Other Applications of Mind Mapping for ArchivistsAids in revealing patterns andrelationships:•Classification scheme•Project management•Collections assessment•Recommend for smallerinstitutions trying to improvetheir archival holdings
  14. 14. Archivists must “develop proactive,innovative, and collaborative approachesto fulfill their institutional mission. Amidstevolving responsibilities…processing is atthe heart of archival work.” Chris Prom
  15. 15. Useful Linkshttp://www.thebrain.com/products/personalbrain/know-morehttp://mac.appstorm.net/reviews/productivity-review/personaSearch for our title “Mind Mapping for ArchivalProcessing” on slideshare.net
  16. 16. Thank You - Questions?Jillian Slater, Project Archivist, University of Daytonjslater1@udayton.eduAmy Rohmiller, Program Assistant, Ohio Historical Societyarohmiller@ohiohistory.org

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