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TiddlyWiki is a super interesting project - been around for 15 years(!) and is a notes/knowledge platform that is self-contained in a single file - and the controls are all embedded in it so you can kinda script the environment within the environment.

It’s weird and promising and somehow is completely lacking in design!

It’s getting some fresh traction - like:

And finally a TiddlyTheme that doesn’t suck!!

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Notes on Knowledge Management

Roam Whitepaper

We believe now is a good time to work hard on this vision again. In this essay we sketch out a set of ideas we believe can be used to help develop transformative new tools for thought

source: How can we develop transformative tools for thought?

Analogy as the core of cognition



Suthers writes that: “People construct representations together, elements of the representation becomes imbued with meanings for the participants by virtue of having been produced through the negotiation mentioned above.”

source: Conceptually explicit representations for group learning and representational guidance

The gist, as shown below, is that curiosity is at its lowest when knowledge is either very low or very high: the former leaves you nothing to get you started with and the latter without anything left to look forward to.

source: Why is this interesting? - The Curiosity Curve Edition - Why is this interesting?

Bergman and Whittaker report that many of us use hierarchical folders for our personal digital organizing. Critics of this method point out that information is hidden from sight in folders that are often within other folders so that we have to remember the exact location of information to access it. Because of this, information scientists suggest other methods: search, more flexible than navigating folders; tags, which allow multiple categorizations; and group information management. Yet Bergman and Whittaker have found in their pioneering personal information management research that these other methods that work best for public information management don’t work as well for personal information management.

source: Managing our digital stuff

Seeking is finding things out and keeping up to date. Building a network of colleagues is helpful in this regard. It not only allows us to “pull” information, but also have it “pushed” to us by trusted sources. Good curators are valued members of knowledge networks.

Sensing is how we personalize information and use it. Sensing includes reflection and putting into practice what we have learned. Often it requires experimentation, as we learn best by doing.

Sharing includes exchanging resources, ideas, and experiences with our networks as well as collaborating with our colleagues.

source: The Seek > Sense > Share Framework

And: PKM in 34 pieces

Science has provided the swiftest communication between individuals; it has provided a record of ideas and has enabled man to manipulate and to make extracts from that record so that knowledge evolves and endures throughout the life of a race rather than that of an individual.

source: As We May Think - The Atlantic

Multi-level summaries: A new approach to non-fiction books

source: Multi-level summaries: A new approach to non-fiction books

In other words, deliberate practice of knowledge work requires testing knowledge, and that is achieved by doing. Note taking is not the under-studied force of knowledge, play is.

source: [Deliberate Practice for Knowledge Work simon sarris](

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Some personal wikis and sites that I’ve been inspired by: - Strong design and everything has a date by the looks of it which enables an RSS feed. Very polished and thought through. - A platform that all the cool kids use for building personal knowledge libraries. Lightly social, perhaps the right answer but slightly questionable if they’ll be around for a long time. Ymmv.

Brendan’s /canon - this was part of the original inspiration for me. A curated list of pure stock - things that Brendan returns to again and again. He has a template you can copy too.

Worrydream’s quotes page - just a massive list of interesting quotes collected by Brett Victor. Notice how being one giant page makes it instantly searchable. - from Ben Pieratt, not quite a wiki but a very minimal site designed to collect the dots. A daily visit from me.

derek sivers’ daily journal - a post from Derek Sivers on how to keep a text-file long-term store for your ideas and notes.

And there’s lots more too - this twitter thread has a whole bunch of interesting rabbit holes.

Here’s an interesting project from the NYT that uses gdocs as a backend to generate a wiki! Library

Prior to the fellowship the research I did was spontaneous and infrequent enough that my ad hoc system of typing out highlights by hand into a one or more markdown files and sorting through them manually worked alright. But now that I’m dealing with many, many more pages of research, this system has become kind of unwieldy.

Here I’ll go over the tools I’ve built over the past couple years (most within the past year) to make this process more manageable. They are mostly meant to address a few key pain points:

Aggregating highlights from across several platforms (phone, desktop, and eReader) into a central repository Capturing charts and other graphics Tagging and organizing highlights Generating footnotes

source: space and times

recreating andy’s notes in tiddlywiki

BookStack is a simple, self-hosted, easy-to-use platform for organising and storing information.

source: BookStack

Tiddlywiki on Github Pages