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    • 'Send me my link' Form

      Do you have a map member who needs to get back into their sumApp account but can not remember their unique mapping link? We have a new feature for that called the 'Send me my link' form! If you are the map administrator you will be able to find this ...
    • Opt In Form

      Are you starting a new mapping project? The Opt In Form is one way to help get new map members into your sumApp mapping project. In the video below, we discussed how to use the Opt-In form and 'My Preferences' options in sumApp and think about how to ...
    • Using the Graph Commons data output

      sumApp now works with both Kumu AND Graph Commons! Graph Commons is an Open Source graph visualization platform that does most things differently from Kumu, and it does some things much better. So to give our sumApp users the best of both worlds, we ...
    • Understanding your map embed options

      Now that you can use sumApp with two different platforms, we figured you'd want to be able to share both maps in the sumApp member view - so now you can! If you have two maps, you can select to show neither, one of them or both. If you show both, ...
    • Understanding the URL field on the Bio page

      Graph Commons, just like Kumu, is fussy about how your data is structured (hence sumApp. . . .), and has it's own set of required fields. One of those required fields is called 'Reference'. It doesn't have to have actual data in the cells, but a ...
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    • What is Social System Mapping?

      Social System Mapping is an expanded version of Network Mapping that is emerging from the increased functionality of the combination of sumApp and Kumu. It's a mash-up of system mapping, social network mapping, asset mapping, stakeholder mapping and ...
    • The Three Mapping 'Hats'

      In most instances, a good Social System Map requires a minimum of three different kinds of thinkers. We call these the 'thinking hats'. Of course there are more 'thinking hats' than just these three. And more thinking types are valuable to the ...
    • It Takes a Social System to Map a Social System

      It Needs to Be a True CollaborationSocial System Mapping is more of an art than a science. It's an art of 'process' that starts with understanding the purpose or aims of a collaborative/action/intentional network, then learning what kinds of other- ...
    • It's a New Language That is Emerging

      I like to say that Social System Mapping is one genre in a new visual language that's emerging from the intersection of interactive online data visualization and graph theory. And because it's new, because the media that use this language are not yet ...
    • Networkism - The New Cultural Meme

      In a March 2015 TED Talk, data visualization researcher Manual Lima explores what he calls the new cultural meme of 'Networkism', and a shift he sees in how we represent knowledge. We're shifting, he claims from a core metaphor of the 'Tree of Life' ...