This might be of some use to those needing to see research or writing projects in a single overview.
A preface to this is that if you use this or Concept Draw or NovaMind or MindJet or Inspiration or whatever to do a mind map of your project you can save it as a PDF, jpg or PICT and drop it onto your System Preferences > Desktop Pictures folder and use it as a permanent desktop view of your current project. Then your project is always in front of you. How easy is that?
from the prefuse site:
Prefuse supports a rich set of features for data modeling, visualization, and interaction. It provides optimized data structures for tables, graphs, and trees, a host of layout and visual encoding techniques, and support for animation, dynamic queries, integrated search, and database connectivity. Prefuse is written in Java, using the Java 2D graphics library, and is easily integrated into Java Swing applications or web applets. Prefuse is licensed under the terms of a BSD license, and can be freely used for both commercial and non-commercial purposes.
The visualization gallery and demonstration video provide numerous examples of the types of applications that can be built with the prefuse toolkit.