Knowledge Map

A knowledge map is a tangible representation of the concepts and relationships of knowledge. The representation is a navigational aid that enables a user to find the desired concept, and then retrieve relevant knowledge sources.


The concept of knowledge map has in particular been employed in educational contexts.





Hall, R. H.; Dansereau, D. F. & Skaggs, L. P. (1992). Knowledge maps and the representation of related information domains. Journal of Experimental Education, 61(1), 5-18.

Lin, F. R. & Hsueh, C. M. (2006). Knowledge map creation and maintenance for virtual communities of practice. Information Processing & Management, 42(2), 551-568. 

O'Donnell, A. (1993). Searching for information in knowledge maps and texts. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 18(2), 222-239.


Zins, C. (2003). Knowledge Map of Information Science: Issues, Principles, Implications.


See also: Concept MapSemantic tool



Birger Hjørland

Last edited: 11-05-2006