Apologies for missing Korm’s posts. I’ve been traveling. I apologize in advance because its late and I’m tired from the aforementioned travel. I’ll take a cue from Korm and edit later.
I think that perhaps you had a knee-jerk reaction to something that looks like a mind-map yet, with respect, is not.
This is a cluster diagram. Since its purpose is to provide an overview of classifications it does not take the place of lists and search when one knows exactly that for which they are looking. It does allow, in my opinion, one to navigate naturally when you don’t know where to start.
Better examples may be had if a google image search is run using the terms ‘aduna cluster map’. I chose this one screenshot because it was very simple.
I notice that you reference Ammonite. I have had it installed for a number of years. I do not see why such functionality could not be easily replicated directly within DTPO. Moreover, in a way that is much more appealing. From what I am able to see, Ammonite is just a list of tags with what appears to be a simple count being used to increase font size and color. Its a tag cloud, not a word cloud. I would expect the latter to be built from the concordance of a database. Also, I simply do not like Ammonite’s presentation. A personal preference.
I suppose that we should agree to disagree about DTTG being ‘core’. Myself, I find that I never use it. Probably for the same reasons that you do not like mindmaps. Because I simply cannot see its utility. BTW, I don’t ‘get’ twitter either so maybe I’m just a dinosaur.
Speaking of mind-maps, I like to switch between outlines and mind-maps specifically for the fact that different parts of the brain are involved in processing the information. As a result, you may sometimes see things one-way that you would not see at all otherwise. A facsimile of the ‘second set of eyes’ pattern.
Finally, there are many algorithms that have to do with clustering of a textual corpus. Some of those recognize languages, parts of speech, topics, etc. The result sets can be quite large. Reducing that to a manageable size while still conveying useful information is the purpose of visualizations.
I am a mere programmer who has a lot of papers, books, documents, etc. not originated by me that I wish to organize and navigate. Indeed, I wish to cluster my whole life and see what results.