Compendium is one of the most mature software tools in the suite. The strapline goes… “it’s like Excel, but for knowledge” — shorthand for our vision of a flexible, visual tool providing representational scaffolding for many kinds work, but idea processing rather than numeric processing. This is a robust, open source hypermedia mapping tool that is freely available with a growing community of practice, and developer community.

In the hands of someone able to summarise participant contributions succinctly, this supports real time mapping in meetings to capture the emerging issues, ideas and tradeoffs — a skill we call Knowledge Art. Or, it can be used for personal information management and reflection, at home or in the workplace, as evidenced by many of our users’ feedback. We have begun to trial this for teaching critical reasoning in secondary school contexts, and as a visual tool for teachers planning enquiry-based learning.