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Let us have the following three sets of information

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Now I want to combine all of this data and show it all together. Telling it like a story. Giving inter-relations. Showing similarities in terms, concepts etc. to get the following (Note that in the diagram below, the colored relations may not be exact, they are merely indicative of a node of information)

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Question: Is there a good way to do it. Also, Is there a tool available for doing this?

I hope this make the question much more clear. :)

I have posted this question originally on stackoverflow here so you can take a deeper look to understand my question better.

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What is your question? If you are asking for a program to visualize something, I do not think that you are asking on the right website. –  Tsuyoshi Ito Nov 1 '10 at 15:57
    
Rather, I am asking for a solution. Which means that "a way of showing relations" between things –  OrangeRind Nov 1 '10 at 16:23
    
You need to give us some sample data to understand what you are after. Right now the request is too vague - we could provide charts, graphs, maps, Venn diagrams etc. but without an idea of the data you are trying to show we can only wildly guess. –  scunliffe Nov 1 '10 at 19:03
    
The question is unclear. You can edit it. :) I voted for your question because the answers are interesting. –  JeromeR Nov 1 '10 at 19:33
    
@JeromeR there you go! :) –  OrangeRind Nov 1 '10 at 23:11

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Maybe this one

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and use it with combination of Topic Map to find out associations, occurrences(number of occurrences to size "circle") between topics (entities).

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this is brilliant! –  OrangeRind Nov 1 '10 at 19:17
    
now with the updated question, lets wait for some more answers to creep in. –  OrangeRind Nov 1 '10 at 23:12
    
@OrangeRind I have updated my answer :) –  igor Nov 2 '10 at 6:21
    
I think topic maps quite sums up what might be needed! Thanks! –  OrangeRind Nov 2 '10 at 10:02

If you are trying to "visualize" relationships between 1 or more things you may find a tool like this very handy. Not only does it let you visually build a picture with simple text, but it handles many of the "odd" scenarios that might otherwise be hard to indicate.

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+1 it is nice, but it is not free tool. :( –  igor Nov 2 '10 at 6:24
    
@igor - on the contrary it is! see the FAQ: yuml.me/faq "Q: Is it FREE? A:Yup! This site is a free service - enjoy!" The purchase option is only if you want to host it and run it on your own server. –  scunliffe Nov 2 '10 at 10:18

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