Pan African Cultural Heritage Institute



The IHMC CmapTools program empowers the Pan African Cultural Heritage Institute to conduct knowledge based research in a host of areas.  The CMAP Tools Program  will allow researchers the ability to  construct, navigate, share and criticize knowledge models represented as concept maps. It allows users to, among many other features, construct their Cmaps in their personal computer, share them on servers (CmapServers) anywhere on the Internet, link their Cmaps to other Cmaps on servers, automatically create web pages of their concept maps on servers, edit their maps synchronously (at the same time) with other users on the Internet, and search the web for information relevant to a concept map.

CmapTools is used worldwide in all domains of knowledge and by users of all ages to graphically express their understanding. In particular, CmapTools is used in schools, universities, government organizations, corporations, small companies, and other organizations, both individually and in groups, for education, training, knowledge management, brainstorming, organizing information, among other applications. The collaboration and publishing features provide a powerful means for representing and sharing knowledge. The IHMC CmapTools will give the Institute Fellows the ability to collaborate across the globe and interact with any member of the Pan African culture to conduct research and solve problems. 

The CMAP Tools was developed by the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition , Pensacola, Florida co-founder Alberto Canas.  Alberto J. Cañas was born in Costa Rica. He is Co-Founder and an Associate Director of the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition.

He received a Bachelors Degree in Computer Engineering from the Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico, and a M. Math Degree in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Management Science, both from the University of Waterloo, Canada.

He has taught at the Instituto Tecnologico de Costa Rica, Tulane University and INCAE (in Costa Rica). From 1989 to 2005, he was part of the Computer Science Department at the University of West Florida (UWF).

For many years, Prof. Cañas has been involved in the use of technology in education, specifically in the K-12 area. Before going to the University of West Florida, Prof. Cañas was the Director of IBM's Latin American Education Research Center in Costa Rica. Prof. Cañas is interested in understanding the pedagogical aspects of using technology, and taking advantage of his Computer Science background to come up with innovative solutions. He is interested not only in the theoretical aspects, but also in the implementation details and scalability of the use of computers in education.

His research include: uses of computers in education, knowledge management, knowledge acquisition, information retrieval, and human-machine interface. He is currently involved in research projects at IHMC in: Knowledge Modeling and Sharing, Performance Support Systems with Embedded Training, Collaborative Tools for Education and for Research, Multimedia-based Knowledge Construction and Browsing Tools, Distance Education, and Corporate Memory. Prof. Cañas has published extensively and has lectured throughout many countries in North and Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

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