Magazine article Information Today

New ThemeScape Software Creates Interactive Maps of Information

Magazine article Information Today

New ThemeScape Software Creates Interactive Maps of Information

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Cartia, Inc. has announced the availability of ThemeScape 1.0, a new application for managing high volumes of information. Using a process known as Enterprise Information Mapping (EIM), ThemeScape automatically harvests massive amounts of unstructured text, extracts the major themes and topics, and creates an interactive map of the information, according to the company. The topographical maps show a bigpicture view of the content within large quantities of documents, Web pages, e-mail, and other sources.

According to the company, the topographical landscapes produced by ThemeScape are not just maps of documents; they are the information within those documents. Major themes rise from the surface, much like mountain peaks, indicating a concentration of documents around a given topic. The distance between the peaks indicates how closely different themes are related. These visual cues rapidly accelerate a user's ability to understand the context of information.

"It's like looking at information from 30,000 feet," said Greg Clark, a knowledge management consultant and beta user at British Petroleum. "You can see the patterns and relationships that emerge when you combine information from thousands of different documents. ThemeScape has given us insights we may have missed entirely."

The underlying technology of ThemeScape has been in development for more than 4 years, beginning at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory operated by Battelle. With roots in highly classified covert operations, early development was directed by the U. …

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