A template for graphical knowledge representation to support collaborative sensemaking


  1. Kwantes, P.
  2. Derbentseva, N.
  3. Ghajar-Khosravi, S.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto Research Centre , Toronto ON (CAN)
As part of the Joint Intelligence Collection and Analysis Capability (JICAC) project, we are developing a computational framework to support collaborative sensemaking, that is sensemaking done in teams. This collaborative framework, relying on knowledge visualisation will support knowledge sharing and will facilitate the development of common understanding among the analysts. One implementation of knowledge visualisation in the framework will be the Concept Mapping (CMapping) capability. A Concept Map (CMap) is a network of interconnected propositions that together represent the author’s understanding of some domain or topic. CMapping was chosen because it is a concise and efficient communication medium and it has been shown to facilitate collaboration. As we argued elsewhere, however, the common use of CMapping generally underutilises the tool’s visual capabilities and mostly relies on map’s semantics for communication. To remedy this problem we developed a set of standard notations that makes greater use of visualisation in CMapping and can facilitate its readability. A notation convention is also proposed to facilitate representation of temporal information in CMaps, and we also discuss a shorthand proposition entry that is designed to reduce the time and effort required to format a map to adhere to the conventions. In this report, we propose a template for representing narratives and social networks as a CMap during collaborative sensemaking.

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knowledge representation;visualisation;concept map;collaborative sensemaking
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2015-R265 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Dec 2015
Number of Pages
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