This is a new project that I started. The essence of the idea is to have a modern-looking diagramming tool that comes with the data analytics capabilities. Here are the reasons why such tool can be useful:
- A portable diagramming tool – a modern-looking windows application that is portable and lightweight. You can just copy the file and use on any computer. This is especially handy when comes to cases where the computer is prepared by the organizers such as in conferences, talks, and many kinds of presentations.
- A free tool – many universities and schools in developing countries do not have the funding for proprietary software like Microsoft Visio. This portable tool can be distributed by the school or coordinator to the users in the institutions without an internet connection. The portable nature allows the tool to be run on most of the computers, with no administrative right required.
- A data organizing tool – data can be stored and organized using shapes in a diagram. It supports both well-structured and non-structured information. You have to flexibility to store your data in different forms, including text, rich-formatted text, number, date, time, duration, image, percentage, and color.
- A visual way to analyze data – the power of your data stored in the shapes is unleashed by the analytics features. This is the ultimate goal of this project. If each shape in your diagram is representing a key person in the crime investigation, you can now ask the tool to find out “a [person] who stays in [Queensland] for at least [5 years] and have a connection with [Mr. Governor X].
Here are some screenshots from the internal release of the tool.
One of the unique features in Acavio is that it enable data to be stored within each of the shapes. What kind of data? it’s all up to you. Acavio supports most commonly use data types such as text, memo, numbers, date, time, duration, color, percentage, image, and attachment to be saved as data specific to a particular shape. In other words, the Acavio puts the power of a graph-based database on your hands, without the needs for dealing with the technical complexity.
I’m currently working on this project as a casual work. While our experience at our university is showing that there is a need for this kind of diagramming tools among academicians, I would also wish to find out is there any other academicians or users who are interested in the features introduced in this post. Feel free to comment on this post to let us know.
Spoiler: Part 2: How you can use the data stored in Acavio?