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.

  • 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. Nov 1, 2010 at 15:57
  • Rather, I am asking for a solution. Which means that "a way of showing relations" between things
    – OrangeRind
    Nov 1, 2010 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, 2010 at 19:03
  • The question is unclear. You can edit it. :) I voted for your question because the answers are interesting.
    – JeromeR
    Nov 1, 2010 at 19:33
  • @JeromeR there you go! :)
    – OrangeRind
    Nov 1, 2010 at 23:11

2 Answers 2


Maybe this one


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

  • this is brilliant!
    – OrangeRind
    Nov 1, 2010 at 19:17
  • now with the updated question, lets wait for some more answers to creep in.
    – OrangeRind
    Nov 1, 2010 at 23:12
  • @OrangeRind I have updated my answer :)
    – igor
    Nov 2, 2010 at 6:21
  • I think topic maps quite sums up what might be needed! Thanks!
    – OrangeRind
    Nov 2, 2010 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, 2010 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, 2010 at 10:18

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