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CM-ED Experiment


The Concept Mapping Experiment you are going to carry out is part of a project conducted by the GaLan research group of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) to build a collaborative concept mapping editor considering cultural diversity.

The experiment consists of two tasks. The first task is to adapt a concept map to your culture using the CM-ED software as indicated in this page. The second task is to fill out a questionnaire.

We appreciate your participation in the study!



CM-ED (Concept Maps Editor) is a software for creating concept maps. A concept map (CM) is a visual way of representing and organizing knowledge. It is composed of concepts, relationships (between concepts) and propositions (formed by the union of concepts through relationships). The visual representation of a CM has a form of a graph. In the graph the concepts are visually represented through nodes (closed geometric shapes) and the relationships through links (lines that connect at least two nodes). Nodes and links can contain a label. A label is a text that brings meaning to concepts and relationships. By arrowheads on the ends of the link can be established graphically the direction of the relationship.


Example of Concept Map 

Example of Concept Map


CM-ED allows to construct concept maps on computer, and includes the next features for editing/visualizing CMs:

  • Multilingual CMs: localized views of the same CM.

  • Graphic Resource is a visual property applied on nodes, links and labels that brings a different visual aspect (e.g.: forms, colors, line thickness, etc.)

  • Multimedia resource is an electronic file attached to a node or link (e.g. text documents, images, audio, video, etc.)

  • Template is the way to specify the semantic to nodes and links depending on their visual aspect.

  • Flags and icons: the tool allows to set flags to nodes and links, and also to use icons and resizable images as nodes.

  • Filters and views: filters are defined as types of nodes/links of a template which reduce the information displayed (hiding certain nodes/links). On the other hand, views allow for the definition of different organizations of the same concept map.

  • Hiding: parts of the CM can be hidden to reduce the cognitive load.

  • Grouping: details of the CM can be abstracted by grouping sets of nodes.

  • Exploration: zoom function for displaying CMs at greater or lesser detail.

  • Multilayered CMs: enables the navigation between CMs with hyperlinks between them.




The basic operations of the tool are following:

  • Draw nodes. Click and drag the mouse over an empty area.

  • Change the size of a node. Select a node, click and drag one of the corner squares of the node.

  • Move nodes. Click and drag the node.

  • Draw links. Select a node, click and drag one of the triangles on the sides of the node and drop on another node.

  • Draw n-ary links. Click and drag an existing link and drop on a node you want to add to the relationship.

  • Delete a node or link. Select the node or link and press "Delete".

  • Set the label. Just double-click on a node or link and enter the label text.

  • Adjust the size of the node to the label. Select the node and press Enter on the keyboard.

  • Move on MC. Use the scroll bars. You can also double-click an empty area and move the mouse. Click again to stop the movement of the MC.

  • Add a media file or flag. Select a node or link and choose the desired option from the appropriate menu (nodes or relations).

  • Add an image to a node. Select a node and choose the option “Node Image …” from the “Nodes” menu.



The task is to make a new concept map based on the following:

Base map for the experiment

Base map for the experiment

The provided CM represents some cultural aspects in human ceremonies. It represents a particular view (of course, not shared by all people). As it could be a sensitive topic, we apologize for any inconvenience.
You are asked to change anything you consider appropriate on the map. The idea is that you modify any feature (language, color, shape, image, spatial distribution of elements, etc.) so the map will reflect more your culture, rather than the culture in which the original map is based on.
  1. You must download and unzip the map. The map can be opened with CM-ED through file "" found inside the unzipped folder.
  2. To work with CM-ED download the tool from here.
  3. Install CM-ED and execute. In the first step you should select your work directory and in the second step you should select the language. 
  4. In the next window you should select "Load a Concept Map". Then you can navigate inside the unzipped folder and select and open the map "".
  5. After opening the map, you must save the map. To do this go to "File -> Save map as ..." enter the map name obtained by clicking the button below (this will be file name). Remember this name because you must enter it in the questionnaire, to relate it with your map.

  6. Now, you can work. Feel free to modify anything. Remember to save the map from time to time.
  7. When finished, you should compress the folder where you saved the map (the folder name is the same as the map). Then send the compressed file using the following form:

Note 1: If there are no appropriate characters, and it is not possible to translate, use English. You can use any external tool such as translators, dictionaries, etc.
Note 2: If you have any questions you may contact us at:
Note 3: To relate the answers to the questionnaire with the concept map, and preserve your anonymity, you must enter the name of your concept map in the first question.