Knowledge Cartography for Controversies: The Iraq Debate

  • Simon J. Buckingham Shum
  • Alexandra Okada
Part of the Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing book series (AI&KP)


In analyzing controversies and debates – which would include reviewing a literature in order to plan research, or assessing intelligence to formulate policy – there is no one worldview which can be mapped, for instance as a single, coherent concept map. The cartographic challenge is to show which facts are agreed and contested, and the different kinds of narrative links that use facts as evidence to define the nature of the problem, what to do about it, and why. We will use the debate around the invasion of Iraq to demonstrate the methodology of using a knowledge mapping tool to extract key ideas from source materials, in order to classify and connect them within and across a set of perspectives of interest to the analyst. We reflect on the value that this approach adds, and how it relates to other argument mapping approaches.


Mapping Tool Argumentation Scheme Knowledge Mapping Argument Mapping Visual Language 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Knowledge Media InstituteThe Open UniversityMilton Keynes, BuckinghamshireUK

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