As I’ve accelerated some research in two areas recently (#greenweb and #openvideo) it’s been front of my mind. Do I want a wiki or better use of tags in my CMS? Have been using Pocket to capture but it feels half the solution; I can only export a text file of links. And how to collaborate on that research?
Everyone's different but my own advice here (having fizzled out a bit before trying to find a wiki tool I liked) would be just use whatever has the lowest friction for you to quickly capture your thoughts and link them together, in mostly plain text/markdown. Foam and Obsidian are popular for that.
Also worth a dig into zettelkasten / How To Take Smart Notes for more on the process, less about particular tools.
@neil thanks for all the pointers. so far I've
- really enjoyed Obsidian.
- got Gatsby running (after years of not trying a SSG as I didn't know how to choose between them, Andy's theme got me trying G).
- tried to get Andy's theme running & broke it. Tried to understand how Gatsby is 'static' when I can't find html versions of my markdown files. Tried to understand why Gatsby HTML is all on one line. Think of that Leo DiCaprio Great Gatsby gif.
- Started working thru https://www.reddit.com/r/selfhosted/comments/f0z6yd/open_source_alternatives_to_roam_research/
@nicol My pleasure. If you are liking Obsidian, @ton has lots of great thoughts on its usage. (e.g. https://www.zylstra.org/blog/2020/11/100-days-in-obsidian-pt-4-writing-notes/ for notes and research)
@neil it's a really nice UI for local working, but I want a public garden ultimately, and I'm not sure about Obsidian Publish, so I may end up with another tool. Publishing the markdown files to other systems seems to lose the backlinks mostly. Tiddly+Stroll is appealing at the moment, tho I've not yet tried to install.
@nicol @neil through a determined userbase, it’s emacs. Many of the connections to its outside simply work better, and I’d say largely bc of this userbase. I can use Caldav to sync calendar and tasks, there are refined tools for webclippin, syncing and integrating with Zotero, etc which are things I want to have down the line so I rather learn some emacs^^
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