This issue graph is a formalized ‘mind map’ of topics that are relevant to my research project, Designing Participation — an attempt to create a general, structured overview of issues that play a role in the design of participatory online spaces.
All topics are organized in a hierarchical manner — the grey bar in the middle can be seen as a ‘stem’ from which several branches emerge. I must admit that this hierarchical point of view is quite artificial; in fact, all these topics are strongly intertwined and interconnected. Therefore, this is only a first attempt of visualizing possibly relevant research subjects.
The left-hand part of this graph offers theoretical and practical background — case studies, technologies, underlying values and possible theoretical and methodological handles; the area to the right offers an overview of fields of decisionmaking that play a role in the creation and maintenance of web-based participatory projects.
More information about mind mapping: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_mapping