I'll be giving a presentation at the Critical Issues for the Preservation of Datasets in Uppsala, Sweden later this month. And since returning from SXSW Interactive I've been thinking a good deal about how to both present to, and interact with, an audience. Nancy White moderated the "Us and Them: A blog conversation survival guide" SWSW panel, and used mind maps to manage and summarize the discussion. I like these pictures; they're easy to browse, and generative when looked at closely. I was already tiring of the power-pointalism of many business and scientific presentations. Nancy's wizardry with the circles and lines have pushed me into mind-mapping my next presentation. I have no idea what I'm actually doing, but I'm hoping it's as easy to do as it looks. But, hey, that's an empirical question.
So now I need to make up my mind about mind mapping software. Nancy uses MindManager by Mindjet, and it looks good. I've also come across NovaMind, and it also looks good. The Mindjet website led me to The Mind Mapping Software Weblog that contains some useful resource links. So it looks like I have some work cut out for me. I need to find the software, map my mind (er, my talk), and still be able to make some points. This will be different and different is good (usually). If you have any tips or anything to share regarding the maps as well as the mapping, please leave a note.