A knowledge map presents research. It combines the best of a research paper, book or encyclopedia article with the best of an internet search.
Like a paper, a map is well-organized. Everything is in its place, you can't lose your spot, and there is a quality-control mechanism in place. The content is fixed and determined by you, the map builder, so you are in a position to ensure that every step your readers take is a good one. On a well-built map readers aren't going to end up clicking their way through uncharted links into random pieces of misinformation.
Like an internet search, the reader can follow the directions that interest them. They can explore tangents, go in multiple directions, or follow one path for a while then go back and follow another. Knowledge maps harness the freedom that the internet offers without falling victim to its haphazard nature: because you, the map builder, are in control of what appears on the map - not only new information written specifically for the map but also all the links to existing information - you can make sure that all the available paths, and everything on them, are relevant, important and accurate.
A model guides you in completing a process of some sort. The process can be simple ("Recipe to cook the perfect spaghetti a la bolognese"), somewhat complicated ("How to write an academic essay") or very complicated ("How to complete your business taxes"). The model is a step-by-step guide to completing the process, laid out visually. Models can be made to any level of detail (the "Dummies model for completing business taxes" will look a lot different from the "Certified Accountant's model for completing business taxes", even though the task - completing business taxes - is pretty much the same). The model clearly documents what different options are available and what the implications are for each choice. Because the model is laid out visually (unlike a list of instructions) it is easy for the reader to grasp what they are doing and what they should be doing next.
We want four high-quality maps within six months. Do that and you can keep the DNE with our thanks. You can pick whatever topics interest you, but we reserve the right to reject any map on any grounds, including but not limited to quality, legality or community standards. Nobody wants a "How to make crystal meth in your bathtub" map. Well, maybe they do want it, but we aren't going to publish it. All maps will be reviewed, but in most cases accepted maps will not be edited. You're the expert, not us - we just want to make sure the maps on our site maintain a consistently high quality.
We want maps people will use, so we want maps for things people actually do. Are you a stock broker? Show us how to improve our portfolio. Are you an art historian? Show us how impressionism came about. Are you a golf pro? Show us how to shave 5 strokes off our game.
While there are no absolute standards regarding size, content or topic, an acceptable map must be valuable. This can include (but is not limited to):
The Fine Print
There is never any commitment - if you decide at any time that you do not want to complete the program, just let the authoring license lapse.
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