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Information Maps• A generic term for ways of visually representing relationships between information, ideas, and concepts.• The representation maps (information maps) are sometimes called knowledge maps or graphic organizers.
Some types of information maps maybeclassified into:DiagramsChartsConcept Maps
Advantages of Using Information Maps• Easier and quicker writing.• Easier initial specification of subject matter and job/task analysis.• Easier management and analysis of writing tasks in large projects.• Better learning materials and better reference.
Diagrams• Diagrams are any line drawing that shows arrangement and relations as of parts to the whole, relative values, origins and development, chronological fluctuations, distribution, etc..
Types of Diagrams• Affinity diagram- used to cluster complex apparently unrelated data into natural and meaningful groups. - It is a business tool used to organize ideas and data.• Tree diagram- used to chart out, in increasing detail the various tasks that must be accomplished to complete a project or achieve a specific objective. -A way of representing the hierarchical nature of a structure in a graphical form. It looks somewhat like a tree.
• Fishbone diagram- also called “cause-and- effect diagram”. It is structured form of brainstorming that graphically shows the relationships of possible causes and sub causes directly related to an identified effect/ problem. Most commonly used to analyze work-related problems.
• Venn Diagram- graphical illustration of the relationships between and among sets of data, groups of objects that share something in common.• Venn Diagrams are made up of two or more overlapping circles that show similarities and differences among concepts.• Venn diagrams are also called as “Set Diagram” and “Venn Chart” and are used to illustrate areas of overlap between elements.
Charts• Charts are diagrammatic representation of relationships among individuals within an organization.
Types of Charts• Flow chart- visual way of charting or showing a process or procedure from beginning to end. It is a means of analyzing a process.• Organizational chart- shows how one part of the organization relates to the other parts of the organization.
Concept Maps• Concept maps are useful for visualizing ideas among different concepts.• Here, concepts are connected with labeled arrows in a downward branching hierarchical structure.