The James Burke Institute selects BrainEKP for Its Knowledge Web Project to Visualize People, Ideas and the History of Scientific Innovation.

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TheBrain's Collaborative Mind Mapping Platform will map the interior landscape of human thought and experience as conceived by James Burke.

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Watch the news, and every day you see proof that the world is increasingly interlinked. Nowhere is too far away to matter. More than ever, we need to understand how other people and events across the world affect the way we live. Technologies like TheBrain are essential to help us do this

TheBrain Technologies, the leading provider of dynamic mind mapping software, announced that James Burke's Knowledge Web Project has selected its award winning Enterprise Knowledge Platform, BrainEKP, to organize, visualize, and share the complex web of people, technologies, and ideas throughout history for public education and collaboration.

Using BrainEKP, TheBrain's Enterprise Knowledge Platform, The James Burke Institute can visualize key relationships to enhance understanding and tell a cohesive story of human innovation throughout time. Founded by James Burke, the author, host, and narrator of the acclaimed television series Connections, the Institute exists to encourage innovative uses of educational technology. The Institute's flagship project, the Knowledge Web, is an activity rather than a web site--an expedition in time, space, and technology to map the interior landscape of human thought and experience.

"Watch the news, and every day you see proof that the world is increasingly interlinked. Nowhere is too far away to matter. More than ever, we need to understand how other people and events across the world affect the way we live. Technologies like TheBrain are essential to help us do this" said James Burke, best-selling author and acclaimed Social Historian. "We use TheBrain's BrainEKP and PersonalBrain because they are the only mind-mapping products that offer the extreme flexibility and scalability necessary to represent the vast interconnections that exist between historical and scientific knowledge."

The Knowledge Web will be an interactive space on the Web where students, teachers, and other knowledge seekers can explore information in a highly interconnected, holistic way that allows for an almost infinite number of paths of exploration. Visitors will be able to click through thousands of interconnected "nodes" and "Thoughts" that link together people, places, things or events. From their current Thought users can see all relevant connections and will be able to travel to other concepts that are connected to the original node via a historical relationship and visual link.

"The Knowledge Web demonstrates how all knowledge is interlinked and the need for people of all ages to understand the broader context behind the information they see from past historic events to patterns that might very well predict the future," said Shelley Hayduk, Co-Founder of TheBrain Technologies. "The project underscores TheBrain's powerful visualization capabilities and the need to go beyond the static information hierarchies of traditional mind mapping and information management software. To be effective, knowledge management software must capture human meaning, those otherwise invisible, non-linear relationships and associations that impact all aspects of our lives."

TheBrain Technologies will be hosting a live Web Event with James Burke on May 22, 2008 at 8:00 am Pacific / 11:00 am Eastern entitled: The Knowledge Web: Everything's Connected. All You Have to Do Is See the Links.

Topics covered include:

  • How the connections approach to information will change the way we use knowledge. How it will redefine what we call 'education' and 'intelligence.'
  • James Burke's K-Web knowledge-mapping project: how it was built, how it is to be used, and how the technology will revolutionize the way we interact with our information and each other.
  • The 'culture of scarcity' with which we have lived, up to today. How it has defined the way we thought and organized ourselves. Knowledge, and who got to use it.
  • How modern, scientific 'silo thinking' was triggered by the discovery of America, and how it then triggered centuries of innovation and change, almost always unexpected.
  • The future as shaped by knowledge mapping. Will knowledge-mapping be a tool for prediction?
  • Creating your own connected knowledge-maps with PersonalBrain.

To sign up for the event go to

About TheBrain Technologies
TheBrain® Technologies is the leading provider of dynamic mind mapping software. TheBrain's Enterprise Knowledge Platform, BrainEKP™, combines a natural language search engine with a compelling visual display of topics so users can see and discover information faster. TheBrain's customers include: Encyclopædia Britannica, Navy Special Warfare, Tyco, Accenture, Park Nicollet, Medtronic and US Department of Defense. TheBrain's PersonalBrain™, mind mapping software, helps users see and organize their files the way they think about them. Download PersonalBrain at or e-mail info @ for more information.

About James Burke
James Burke is a British science historian, author, and television producer best known for his documentary television series, "Connections". He uses PersonalBrain to present "the connected world". Educated at Oxford, and author of eleven books (translated into seventeen languages), he also holds a number of honorary doctorates for his work in communication. He also wrote a monthly column in Scientific American. Burke is the creator of the highly-acclaimed, prize-winning multiple series: Connections, three ten-part science-history series, produced between 1979 and 2001.To date, Burke's work has been broadcast in more than 80 countries and is on the curriculum of some 350 colleges and universities; the Knowledge Web will be used in middle and high schools as well. To join the K-Web team as a content or technical volunteer, contact Patrick McKercher at pat13 @

TheBrain, BrainEKP, and PersonalBrain are trademarks or registered trademarks of TheBrain Technologies LP. All other corporate names or trademarks stated herein are the property of their respective companies.


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