About LiteMap

LiteMap is developed by the Knowledge Media Institute team (Anna De Liddo and Michelle Bachler). We are indebted to Harriett Cornish for graphic design. We gratefully acknowledge use of the InfoVis Toolkit for the Map views.

Main Features

  • A bookmarklet to harvest and annotate content while browsing the Web
  • 2-D mapping canvases to connect ideas and build argument maps.
  • A Community Website to collaboratively create and share maps.
  • A Visualisation Dashboard to support sensemaking and reflection.


Online discussions on issues of public concern are often dispersed across different Websites and Social Media environments. This makes it difficult for stakeholders to make sense of the state and progress of a public debate.

LiteMap gives online communities a place to map out visually a debate that may be happening in other forums or Website. It is a place to harvest the main issues, ideas, pros and cons happening in an online debate and to connect and visualize them in the form of network graphs.

LiteMap has a bookmarklet to harvest content from the Web, and 2-D canvases (the Maps) in which harvested content can be connected to build argument maps. These are network representations of the issues, ideas, and arguments around a specific discussion topic. Litemap is also distinctive in its use of advanced analytics to show you the best argued ideas, and visualisations of your community

For Community Managers:
Litemap helps you to summarize the state of a debate and to present it to the community: to trigger further reflection, promote deeper understanding and improve engagement with the online debate. LiteMap is also a tool to organise your community's contributions, reduces idea duplication, and supports content analysis and summarisation. The analytics dashboard onto your maps helps you spot connections between ideas, detect gaps in knowledge, discover new patterns and produce visual summaries of the community debate.

For Community Members:
Litemap is your way to move from debate participation to community moderation. With LiteMap you can build a visual representation of your own view of where an online debate is going and you can use this representation to communicate your ideas to others.