Innovative software called Dekstrus DNE allows researchers to visualize research data through object-oriented mapping. The software allows users to attach results, documents, files, web pages and meta-data directly to the “knowledge elements” on a map. By clicking on any individual object, the map is redrawn around that element and its attributes (meta-data fields) are revealed. This video illustrates the process.
A screenshot of DNE Maps. Each map is a collection of files arranged visually,
providing researchers with a contextual representation of their data.
Dekstrus DNE’s visual mapping allows researchers to simplify the complex relationships between concepts and/or knowledge elements, and to reexamine these “objects” from virtually any angle. The result: a deeper contextual understanding of a research plan, data set or topic. This next video demonstrates the advantages of contextual mapping vs. arranging the same information in list form.
Dekstrus DNE is being made available as a free download to interested researchers. In return, the company would like to be able to publish some maps (non-exclusively) that are built with the software. They also welcome user comments and suggestions!