The Tutorial

How to use Minkepedia

Minkepedia has two main views or operating modes. You can either browse (and edit) Minke Terms using the Term View or you can browse (and edit) Minke Maps using the Map View. You can freely switch between modes at any time. The respective view will remember its last state and restore it, once you go back.

Using the little caret to the right of the split buttons, you can browse a list of maps or terms, respectively.

Anonymous users can freely view all terms and all published maps. If you want to edit or create something, you need to login first (use login link at the right end of the header bar). In order to be able to login, you need a Google account and you must be registered. Please note, that currently registering is restricted to personal invitations.

These buttons switch between the main views.

Top bar: The buttons for switching between the main views

Minke Maps can be used to depict views on complex areas of knowledge (like business concepts or market relations). They can be highly individual expressing the particular views and insights of the author. Or they can strive to shed a broad and objective light on some complex concept. As individual creations Minke Maps are attributed to theirs author or group of authors. In the future, users will be able to fork existing Minke Maps to create their own variations.

In their structure and composition, Minke Maps are similar to Mind Maps in that they are hierarchical compositions of terms (i.e. one or more words) around a common topic or idea. The nodes in a Minke Map diagram will mostly consist of Minke Terms - pre-defined concepts and entities, which can be added to the map retaining their relations to other terms and providing referential links. Once a Minke Term is added to a map it can be individually decorated. Currently, the user can add a comment, rank a term and select one of its parent terms as a prefix to the graphical rendition of the respective diagram node. Hover over a map node or tap it, to see all additional information provided for it.

In addition to adding Minke Terms to a map, a user can also create individual caption nodes which can be freely labeled with any kind of text. Caption nodes will mostly serve as a way of introducing structure elements specific to my composition of terms (i.e. not part of the Minke Term hierarchy).

There will also soon be the possibility to add diagram nodes linking to other Minke Maps. With map links a network of Minke Maps can be created to present related topics in a structured way.

  • Example Minke Map

    Example: A Minke Map about the mobile ecosystem
    (Click image to view the Minke Map)

Example Minke Term

An example for a map node based on a Minke Term: The person "Ian Hickson" prefixed with the parent Minke Term "Google Inc" (Ian Hicksons's employer) and a map-specific comment (yellow bubble). In addition, two references provided by the Minke Term are visible: A Wikipedia link (the article about "Ian Hickson") and a website link (Ian Hickson's blog).

Example Caption

The yellow caption node "People" has been created by the map author to provide a map-specific grouping.

Universal (i.e. reusable) terms and their relationships to one another. Minke Terms are maintained collectively by all users. Minke Terms are the main building blocks of Minke Maps. Currently, four different types of Minke Terms are supported:

Icon of entity 'Concept'


The entity concept represents all kinds of abstract terms that only exist as ideas, concepts, procedures, etc.
Icon of entity 'Product'


A product is a commercial or non-commercial product or a family of product variants. Note, that a generic label for a group of products (like 'Android Phone' or 'Web Application Framework') is thought to be a concept.
Icon of entity 'Person'


A person represents (exactly) one real life human being. Only people central to some other Minke Term (i.e. in the role of creators, founders, leaders, main influencers, etc.) should be represented in Minkepedia.
Icon of entity 'Organization'


Organization is a generic entity for any kind of organization including companies, associations, foundations, institutions, etc.
  • Example Minke Term 'Windows Phone'

    Example: The operating system 'Windows Phone'
    (Click image to browse Minke Terms)

Well, sort of mobile ready. Tablets are definitely a focus platform. Minkepedia will work on iPad, Android (V3.x) tablets and other SVG-enabled mobile browsers. Minkepedia will work on smartphones, too, although admittedly the user experience is not optimized for small screens. Editing maps will mean you have to do a lot of scrolling back and forth. There just might be an alternative web interface for smartphones later.

There is support for web clips. So when using the Minkepedia cloud app at, you can add a nice whale icon to your home screen.

Image of an example Minke Map

Screenshot (iPad): Web clip icon of Minkepedia on the home screen