Visual Understanding Environment

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Visual Understanding Environment Logo.gif
Developer(s)Academic Technology group at Tufts University
Initial releaseJuly 20, 2005 (2005-07-20)[1]
Stable release
3.3.0 / October 8, 2015 (2015-10-08)
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Written inJava
Operating systemCross-platform
Available inEnglish, French, Portuguese, Greek, Italian.
Partial translations: Bulgarian, Chinese, German, Hungarian, Russian, Spanish.[2]
TypeConcept Mapping software

The Visual Understanding Environment or VUE is a free, open-source concept mapping application written in Java. The application is developed by the Academic Technology group at Tufts University. VUE is licensed under the Educational Community License. VUE 3.0, the latest release, was funded under a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The VUE Project[edit]

The VUE project at Tufts UIT Academic Technology is focused on creating flexible tools for managing and integrating digital resources in support of teaching, learning and research. VUE provides a flexible visual environment for structuring, presenting, and sharing digital information. Using VUE's concept mapping interface, faculty and students design semantic networks of digital resources drawn from digital libraries, local and remote file systems.


Tufts University's VUE development team has coordinated releases of the VUE project. The project's most recent release, VUE 3, has added many new features which distinguish it from traditional concept mapping tools.[3] made by the VUE team on their forums, new features include: tools for dynamic presentation of maps, map merge and analysis tools, enhanced keyword tagging and search capabilities, support for semantic mapping using ontologies, expanded search of online resources such as Flickr, Yahoo, Twitter, or PubMed.

Release Date
VUE 3.3.0 8 Oct 2015
VUE 3.2.2 23 May 2013
VUE 3.1.1 16 March 2011
VUE 3.0.2 1 July 2010
VUE 3.0 3 February 2010
VUE 2.3.1 6 May 2009
VUE 2.2 20 June 2008
VUE 2.0 10 April 2008
VUE 1.4 20 July 2005

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