Thinkmap animates and visualizes information, enabling you to navigate through data and gain insight through exploration. With Thinkmap, you find relationships you didnít know exist and see hidden patterns from large data sets.
The Thinkmap SDK (Software Development Kit) enables developers to quickly create visualizations of many different types of information. Because the SDK offers a combination of ease-of-use and flexibility, a developer can create rapid prototypes and work in an iterative process to develop applications.
These pages contain a series of explorations using Thinkmap with various data sources.
With Thinkmap, a developer can combine multiple Thinkmaps in one display. This visualization of the connections between actors, actresses, directors, movies, and genres, also includes a timeline that shows the release dates of any movies within the graph.
As the user explores, the timeline provides context, helping the user understand the complex interconnections in the data.
One of Thinkmap's strengths is its ability to show the same information in multiple contexts, shifting seamlessly between different views. In this example, Thinkmap is used to navigate through the family tree of the Royal Family of Europe. The user can view the information as a family tree or as a timeline with swimlanes.
The ability to switch between views that show the same data in different ways opens up lots of possibilities. For example, one Thinkmap display can be used as navigation and another for analysis. A user can navigate to something of interest, and then switch to a view that compares and contrasts the data that is displayed in that part of the graph.
A Thinkmap organizational chart is a good way to show reporting structure within a company. Thinkmap's dynamic navigation lets the user focus on particular groups within the company, drilling down as necessary. In addition, the user sees a list of the programs that each person in the display is part of. The user can select any of these programs, and see which users are part of which program.
This demo is designed to show some of the ways in which Thinkmap can be used with hierarchical data. Thinkmap allows the developer to overlay different hierarchies over a single data set, so the user can effortlessly switch from one viewpoint to another.
It is often useful to compare different properties of data in order to communicate how different variables relate. With Thinkmap's grid visualization, it's easy to compare two different properties on the x and y axis, and then to use size and color to help further differentiate items. This demonstration shows movies of the 80's, and allows the user to compare aspects such as movie gross, release date, and others.
External Thinkmap Examples
The Hibbs Laboratory at The Jackson Laboratory and Trinity University use Thinkmap as a dynamic visualization tool for biologists to explore millions of predicted functional relationships among thousands of genes in the context of mouse and human embryonic stem cell (ESC) self-renewal. Stem cell biologists use these interactive Thinkmap-based tools to develop new hypotheses, discover potential mechanisms involving sparsely annotated genes, and prioritize genes of interest for further experiments.
The Visual Thesaurus is a 3D interactive reference tool, powered by Thinkmap, that gets students of all ages excited about words. Using our visualization technology, the Visual Thesaurus takes a unique, and remarkably beautiful, approach to presenting the results of a word lookup.