A research institute in Pensacola, Fla., is taking concept-mapping software designed in part to preserve scientists' knowledge and is giving it to schools worldwide at no cost, as a tool to help children learn. The move could threaten some vendors that offer similar concept-mapping software for a fee--most notably Inspiration Software Inc., which has based its entire business model on selling a similar type of product.

The Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) designed its concept-mapping software, called Cmap Tools, to map out scientists' knowledge in diagram form. IMCH is providing the software


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