Document mapping


Document mapping in CAM provides an easy way to map and visualise the relationships between documents and other files on your computer. For instance, it is useful for mapping out and visually organising the literature while developing a research paper or thesis.

To use the document mapping functionality:

  • create a new workbook, of type ASM.
  • As you find documents related to your topic, save them into a specific folder on your computer (the folder should be a location which will not change, see below for further details)
  • Drag the files from windows explorer onto the CAM worksheet. They will appear as shortcuts.
  • Arrange, connect and organise the shortcuts to reflect the structure of your thinking, for instance as shown above. The approach usually works best if you consider the relationships between documents in the context of a particular situation or 'story', to keep the number of links manageable. The visual layout then helps to visualise and consider the relationships between many documents and the information they contain.
  • To access an item in the document map, double-click its icon in CAM. The document will open in its native application (eg. Adobe Acrobat, MS Word)

Note about path names: CAM currently uses full path names to target each file you drag onto a CAM worksheet. If you move or rename a target file, its shortcut(s) in CAM will stop working. You can move, rename or copy the .cam file containing your document maps.