Reinventing the Way We Read: from Text to Context
Usually we read in a chronological way, from left to right, top to bottom. A short text, like this one, is OK, because you remember what it said in the very beginning. However, as the narrative progresses it’s harder to grasp the text in its totality because of the short-term memory limitations and the linear nature of traditional reading .
InfraNodus is a nonlinear reading tool. It visualizes any text as a network to show you the most relevant terms and their relations to one another.
Just looking at an image you can quickly see what the text is about. If you click on any words in the graph, you will quickly get to the excerpt of the text where those terms co-occur next to each other.
 Now, there are books like Gilles Deleuze’s Thousand Plateaus where he proposes that it should be read in a non-linear fashion. And there are also books like Cloud Atlas where you have several narratives intertwining at once. Finally, there is this footnote that sends you from the beginning of this text to the very end. However, even in those cases, it’s hard to get the whole picture because the way we normally read is still linear and too slow to see how it all connects to the big picture.
See the Big Picture
Using InfraNodus you can glue together any disjointed bits and pieces of information and see how they all connect.
It will automatically convert text into network and show you which keywords or concepts tend to co-occur in your research notes, newsfeeds or Tweets.
This way you will have a better idea of the topics that are present within and of the most influential concepts and keywords.
Visualizing text also helps remember it better!
Interested? Check out this example: Visualizing Amazon Kindle Highlights
Cope with Informational Overload
When I open my Twitter stream, it takes me about 15 minutes to scroll through an hour’s worth of Tweets. This way I could spend 25% of my life reading Twitter and it’s not something I want to do. The same thing with the news…
There must be a better way!
InfraNodus can help you cope with informational overload.
All you need to do is to open the Twitter feed in it and it will show you the most prominent topics in context. This way you can quickly see the picture of the day and find the Tweets that may be interesting to you.
Want to learn more? Check out this example: Visualizing Twitter Newsfeed
Learn and Discover New Ideas
InfraNodus helps you see the big picture and find the needle in data haystack easily.
It also can work as an oracle and point you to the novel ideas and new discoveries.
When you represent your ideas as a graph, you will see gaps between clusters of nodes. These are called “structural gaps” and those are the areas where there is a great potential to discover something new. Several studies show that innovation and so-called “creative leaps” occur in these areas. You can also look beyond the periphery of the graph to see where to expand your knowledge.
Interested? See an example: Learning through Associations and Knowledge Graphs
Try It Out or Request an Invite
InfraNodus is free, open-source, and is in the open theta on www.infranodus.com.
If you don’t have an account yet and would like to get access to this tool, you can get the invitation code instantly in exchange for $5 here.
Developing and maintaining InfraNodus takes time and resources and as it’s an open-source free product, your contribution is the only way I have to support it. In case you can help with something else, please, fill out the form below and I will get back to you within 2 to 4 weeks.
You can also download InfraNodus to your own computer from our GitHub account (contact us below if you need help installing it).