This blog contains many posts about ‘charting’ and ‘charting tools’. Although we have had versions of the tools for some time, various issues have meant they were never really public. Recently, we have moved the tools to a new server and it makes sense to make them available for people to explore.
I’ll be demonstrating the tools at the EC-TEL conference in Saarbrucken, Germany on (I think) 19th September 2012. In preparation for that, we have prepared a short (silent) demo as an introduction to the tools:
The demo is accompanied by a short paper available here (under green archiving): Supporting Goal Formation, Sharing and Learning of Knowledge Workers
Meanwhile, you can access the tools at http://charting.gcu.ac.uk/ The tools are more proof of concept than anything else, but should hopefully be of interest in helping think through some ideas about how knowledge workers might share learning goals for collective benefit. There are some support pages at: http://www.caledonianacademy.net/spaces/charting11/index.php including links to further reading, and a set of getting started pages.
The tools are a work in progress, so if you use them and find bugs or problems I’m keen to collect any views – just email them to me. As indicated in the demo, the tools are written in Ruby and will be released under an open source license.