Forest Map Wiki


The Forest map wiki makes it easy to create your own maps.

The Forest Wiki is a content management system for large distributed organizations.   It is particularly good for corporations who need to manage their taxonomies and knowledge graphs. 

A basic principal in human factors is that there should be no more than about 7 items in a category.  And so we humans like to organize things using hierarchy.  Already these trees are six levels deep.  That would cover 118K items. 7 levels or a two dimensional map with 49 items would give you 824K understandable items.

Of course the world has progressed beyond taxonomies  We all understand social networks, they are graphs.  Computer networks are graphs.  Most corporate reporting structures are now graphs, not hierarchies. 

There are many content management systems.  Most of them have gorgeous user interfaces. Most of them can handle large amounts of data.  Most of them have categories.  But few of them are cable of managing a large taxonomy of information, and even fewer can manage knowledge graphs.

 One product which is great with Taxonomies is Plone.  I was there at the release of Plone 1.0 in Paris in 2003.  (That was fun.) But Plone has its limitations.   A bit of history will help you understand the Forest Wiki better. 

Souheil Chelfouh co-authored many of the libraries used in Plone.  But maybe software by committee is not such a good idea.  Everyone contributes to open source software, but nobody throws out the cruft.  For his work, Souheil needed a clean library, so he then spent 5 years figuring out the critical abstractions, and rewrote the libraries.  My highest compliments go to him.  The work is beyond brilliant. 

Christopher Lozinski then  spent an overlapping 6 years writing a CMS using them.  

And now the software is going viral among the US Green Parties.   After the US November elections, it is expected to spread to Green parties in  the rest of the english speaking work, and then to the rest of the world.  

 But the real market is the corporate world.  Please let us know how we can help you manage your taxonomies and  knowledge graphs. 

And if you want to know more, here are the content types supported by the Forest Wiki  Organized as a Taxonomy.    

Basic CMS Pages:

  • WYSIWYG Web Page
  • Markdown page
  • Ace HTML Page
  • Link
  • YouTube Video
  • Online Event
  • Online Organization
  • Logo
  • Banner
  • File

Map Content Types:

  • Google Map
  • Open Street Map
  • GeoJson Map
  • Organization
  • Company
  • Location
  • Event
  • Map Organization
  • Politician

Developer Content Types

  • Folder
  • HTML
  • AceHTML
  • SecureHTML
  • Javascript + JSFolder 
  • CSS + CSSFolder
  • BTreeImage  and ThumbNails

Advanced Developer Content Types

  • Coffeescript
  • Pug (My Favorite)
  • Python + PyFolder
  • PythonScript
  • Pyodide + PyoFolder
  • Transcrypt + TranFolder

Your Custom Content Types

  • Can be quickly added. 


Notice how easy it is to make sense of the above 37 content types when they re organized as  ataxonomy.   Had they been presented as a list, they would have made no sense to anyone.