Understanding the Relationship Between sumApp and Kumu
is an online
platform that visualizes data
format. A personal account is free. Each account can have unlimited 'projects'. Projects that are indexed and viewable by the public are free. Private projects cost roughly $10/month. Private essentially means that the project isn't indexed anywhere, and the only people who can access it are given access via their Kumu account. You can share your private project with any number of Kumu users, w/o incurring extra cost - it's still just $10.
But, what's a network graph, you ask? A network graph is any representation of information that uses the form of dots and lines. The 'dots' can be circles, squares, any other basic shape, or simply a few words. It's a thing on a canvas. The lines are usually represented simply as lines (tho sometimes dashed or dotted, sometimes fat or thin) and they never exist in a vacuum - a network graph would never just show a bunch of lines. The lines always connect the dots - they represent some kind of relationship between one dot and another. Relationships are the whole point of a network graph. This kind of representation is inherently about connections, about relationships, about things that are never stand-alone, separate items - it's inherently about context and system. That's what's cool about a network graph - they teach us to see and think less in terms of what's-its and more in terms of what's-between-its.
There are other online network graph tools but Kumu is our favorite tool - because of it's beauty, it's interactivity, it's flexibility, and it's accessibility.
But great as Kumu is, it won't collect your data for you.
Which isn't a problem if you're graphing things about which you have sources of known data. But real relationship data about people - that can be hard to come by. It's relatively easy to get information from people about themselves. But if you want to understand the connections between people or organizations - you have to ask them, and you have to ask them using an interface that makes that kind of asking easy, and using a tool that structures the data gathered in a way that works the way a network graph visualization requires (which normal surveys are terrible at).
So that's what
does. It helps you gather the data for a person-to-person/organization-to-organization/person-to-organization network graph - directly from the persons or organizational representatives themselves. It then feeds the data directly into Kumu so that you don't have to even look at it, let alone clean it up & move things around. It's even live so that when a person updates their info in sumApp, that info shows up in Kumu within minutes. It's so seamless that it's easy to think the two platforms (sumApp & Kumu) are one.
So - sumApp
gathers social system data.
To be notified of our online events.
sumApp Features by Tier
Tier I - free Up to 3 projects| max 1,500 people/project Kumu-Ready data structure Multiple data output formats .csv .json Live .json link (data automatically feeds into Kumu, so you map is always up-to-date) Connections stay in place as long as you ...
sumApp Overview If you'd like a little orientation to sumApp, this 57 second video should help! yes (sumApp has been significantly updated since this video was made but we still think it will give you a good sense of what's going on, and you can ...
Frequently Asked Questions
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 ...
Cancelling Your Account or Downgrading to Tier I
All sumApp account set-ups start at Tier II for a free trial month. No credit card is required for the free trial, so your account will just automatically downgrade to Tier I at the end of the month if you don't choose to keep it at Tier II or ...
sumApp Pricing Table
Tier I Tier II Tier III* Tier IV* Cost Monthly Annual Monthly Annual Monthly Annual Monthly Annual 1 Project $0 $0 $15 $144 $33 $317 $45 $432 3 Projects $0 $0 $38 $360 $83 $792 $113 $1,080 5 Projects NA NA $53 $504 $116 $1,109 $158 $1,512 10 ...