Context Discovery Inc have released a web based tool called WikiSummarizer for quickly summarising (English spelling) the content of a Wikipedia entry based on a key word or phrase. The result is a page full of classified paragraphs which you can export to a Rich Text Document or a MindManager file. If you have your browser set up appropriately, the MindManager file will open immediately in MindManager (this works for me in Google Chrome).
So what can I (you) do with this? For example it is time I wrote a page describing MindManager on a certain web site. Enter MindManager into WikiSummarizer, after 5 seconds the web page is returned and I Export To MindManager.
I like to see the scale of a map before I start manipulating it, the first thing I do is open the map to show all levels (Select the Central Topic and Shift+Alt+.). See above.
I don’t need all that much inspiration! I selected all the topics I don’t need and hid them (Use the Filter Funnel tool at the bottom of the MindManager for Windows screen). There is quite a bit of repetition and the first map reduces to a digestable set of topics.
I flipped these topics to the left and added the main headings for my article to the right. I then started to develop the paragraphs under these headings and realised I needed some sub-headings and so on.
Before I get carried away I am going to produce a map which says:
- Who is the article/web page for?
- Why am I writing it? Why are they reading it?
- When? (Soon)
- Where? (I know)
- What? (See above)
- How? (See above)
I hope that has given you one use case for WikiSummarizer. What do you think the others are?