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The Current Topic (CT) is the main one in the view at any time - in the picture below it is Automobiles.  Any topic can be made into the Current Topic, which will be the one you chose as your area of investigation at the time. It might be something like "To Do now", or "Marketing Reference".  Behind it are its parents; to its left are sibling topics.  The surrounding ones provide context and spread your search if required, but the Current Topic's children, grandchildren and so on in front of it, allow you to focus down and narrow your search.  
 
The Current Topic (CT) is the main one in the view at any time - in the picture below it is Automobiles.  Any topic can be made into the Current Topic, which will be the one you chose as your area of investigation at the time. It might be something like "To Do now", or "Marketing Reference".  Behind it are its parents; to its left are sibling topics.  The surrounding ones provide context and spread your search if required, but the Current Topic's children, grandchildren and so on in front of it, allow you to focus down and narrow your search.  
 
   
 
   
If you roll your cursor on and off the picture you will see how all those cones and pyramids are related to the Current Topic :
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[[Image:Modes-of-transport-s.jpg|center]]
  
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<center>This shows how the various topic cones are related to the Current Topic:</center>
  
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[[Image:Topicscape-structure-s.jpg|center]]
  
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==== A quick look back at 2D ====
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Below is the same organization of topics in 2D. 2D mindmaps cannot make some of the connections that 3D Topicscape allows: Like multiple parents for a topic, and loose associations.
  
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The Topicscape 3D mindmap structure explained
 
 
Here is a quick illustration of how Topicscape represents a multi-parent hierarchy, with an emphasis on the structure. It is just a beginning of a Topicscape that you might construct when organizing some information about Modes of Transport.
 
 
If your cursor is not over the picture below, it shows the names of the topics decided on by the person who built this collection of information.
 
 
The Current Topic (CT) is the main one in the view at any time - in the picture below it is Automobiles.  Any topic can be made into the Current Topic, which will be the one you chose as your area of investigation at the time. It might be something like "To Do now", or "Marketing Reference".  Behind it are its parents; to its left are sibling topics.  The surrounding ones provide context and spread your search if required, but the Current Topic's children, grandchildren and so on in front of it, allow you to focus down and narrow your search.
 
 
If you roll your cursor on and off the picture you will see how all those cones and pyramids are related to the Current Topic :
 
 
 
 
A quick look back at 2D
 
Below is the same organization of topics in 2D. 2D mindmaps cannot make some of the connections that 3D Topicscape allows: Like multiple parents for a topic, and loose associations.
 
  
On to: What do the heights of the cones and pyramids mean? Click here:
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So, what do the heights of the cones and pyramids mean? Click here for more: [[Image:Heights-thumb.jpg|center|link=what do the heights of the cones and pyramids mean?]]
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Latest revision as of 10:17, 12 March 2016

Here is a quick illustration of how Topicscape represents a multi-parent hierarchy, with an emphasis on the structure. It is just a beginning of a Topicscape that you might construct when organizing some information about Modes of Transport.

If your cursor is not over the picture below, it shows the names of the topics decided on by the person who built this collection of information.

The Current Topic (CT) is the main one in the view at any time - in the picture below it is Automobiles. Any topic can be made into the Current Topic, which will be the one you chose as your area of investigation at the time. It might be something like "To Do now", or "Marketing Reference". Behind it are its parents; to its left are sibling topics. The surrounding ones provide context and spread your search if required, but the Current Topic's children, grandchildren and so on in front of it, allow you to focus down and narrow your search.

Modes-of-transport-s.jpg
This shows how the various topic cones are related to the Current Topic:
Topicscape-structure-s.jpg

A quick look back at 2D

Below is the same organization of topics in 2D. 2D mindmaps cannot make some of the connections that 3D Topicscape allows: Like multiple parents for a topic, and loose associations.

Modes-of-transport-2D-s.jpg

So, what do the heights of the cones and pyramids mean? Click here for more:

Heights-thumb.jpg