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Rediscover Wikipedia: Enter PathWay, A Visual and Relational Browser

Submitted by on January 21, 2007 – 5:39 pm 821 views 2 Comments

I’ve been using a great application for the last few months and I figured I would share my thoughts. Like most people, I use Wikipedia as a major source for research. One of the challenges I’ve always had though is getting caught up in “information serendipity”. I tend to start reading one thing, and eventually discover many new interesting links, and ultimately forget what I was originally looking at.

The answer to my information attention defecit problem has been Pathway. Pathway is a Mac OS X application that is basically a visual/relational Wikipedia browser. The UI has 4 main components:

  • Concepts (left) – Each Wikipedia entry you’ve clicked on will be displayed on the left-hand side of the browser. You can easily navigate forwards and backwards between different entries.
  • Concept/Mind Map (top center) – Clicking on a certain entry will show all related concepts and entries related to the Wikipedia article. If you decide to click on a new concept, a new arc showing the relationship will be created.
  • Article (bottom center) – The Wikipedia article content is displayed here. This is what you typically see in a regular web browser.
  • Outline (right) – The article outline is displayed so you can easily navigate sections of the article.

    If you have a Mac, I’d really recommend giving this application a try.

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    • WikiMindMap

      Chuck Frey recently posted about an interesting application called WikiMindMap that represents Wikipedia entries in a mindmap format. WikiMindMap is a tool to browse easily and efficiently in Wiki content, inspired by the mindmap technique. Wiki pages …

    • [...] that end I’ve been looking for a visual representation of Wikipedia. I came across mention of PathWay which is a visual relational browser for Wikipedia (screenshot below). Unfortunately, it is a [...]

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