Context: this is a Zettelkasten Overview about... #zettelkasten.
Zettelkasten is a highly sophisticated approach to note-taking using index cards, developed in the 16th century but made popular in modern times thanks to the extreme productivity of Niklas Luhmann, a German scholar, and How to take smart notes, a book about his techniques by Sönke Ahrens.
I first came across Zettelkasten in late 2019 as I was building MyHub.ai. It seemed to offer something to my personal productivity processes, so I bought the book and wrote the first of several posts on the subject a few months after launch as I tried to integrate both Zettelkasten and MyHub.ai into my personal content strategy.
It took me more than one attempt before concluding that:
While I was personally OK with working out loud:
Before embarking on this development I need to do more research into optimising Zettelkasten for the MyHub.ai environment. As I launch this Overview in mid November 2020 I already know that MyHub.ai needs:
But I sense there's a lot more to know. Fortunately, there's a lot to read and a community to engage with, so I:
It's all very meta.
This is where I'm putting my notes from mid-November onwards.
Most writing on zettelkasten is framed by the productivity paradigm, where one's notes are private: created and managed for an audience of one. That allows for complexity - cf A Tale of Complexity.
MyHub.ai comes to world of note-taking from perspective of integrating content curation (Zettelkasten's bibliographic notes) into the user's public online presence. While MyHub.ai Hosted Items support Zettelkasten's fleeting and permanent notes, the underlying tech doesn't support note-taking features like bi-directional links. Yet. Would these make user's public Hubs too complex? So many links! Difficult to follow someone else's logic.
Have public and private levels for each note? So user's public Hub is above-surface iceberg: easy to navigate, rather pretty to look at. The Editor can access everything: processing public and private content using bi-directional links, NLP-driven visualisations, etc.
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Here are the latest 9 resources I've Highlighted about Zettelkasten (Overview). There's more reading over here.
Having fun using Andy Matuschak's wonderful site to explore his innovative ideas on note-taking, zettelkasten, writing, etc. This link opens a number of his interrelated notes, displayed horizontally using his innovative 'stacked notes' information architecture.Key ideas from this stack:the importance of 'task division' in…
Andy Matuschak's working notes "are mostly written for myself: they’re roughly my thinking environment... But I’m sharing them publicly as an experiment ... [see] Work with the garage door up... Write notes for yourself by default, disregarding audience)... there’s no index or navigational aids: you’ll need to follow a link to some start…
I suspect this will be a canonical text for me moving forward with myhub.ai.Mike Caulfield in 2015, when my first hub was only about 2 years old, had also "been experimenting with another form of social media called federated wiki... instead of blogging and tweeting your experience you wiki’d it. And over time the wiki became a representation…
Watched the entirety over the last week of 2020. Highly recommended series for getting to grips with Roam, covering everything from the basic of how Roam works through to detailed HowTos on project & goal management, zettelkasten, etc. Having said that, I won't be migrating my tasks out of a dedicated task mgt tool, or pasting bibliograph…
In response to this tweet, a link from Sascha who "distinguishes [only] between content notes and ... notes on notes". But it appears a little more complex than that."A Zettelkasten is neither a neatly structured filing system ... nor a turmoil deep sea generating ideas out of the ununderstandable chaos. There are three layers in my…
What did I learn about learning as I explored using Zettelkasten idea and knowledge management to write five newsletters about disinformation in the 2020 US elections?
Books on note-taking... always too vague and boring, full of platitudes ... never an overarching system for turning notes into concrete results ... [but]How To Take Smart Notes ... is by far the most impactful and profound book I’ve ever read on the subject... most books are a few morsels of real insight wrapped in... fluff... I systematically unr…
For the 6th episode of his Futurized podcast, Trond Undheim asked me why surveillance capitalism inevitably leads to polarised, undemocratic and dysfunctional societies, and what we must do about it...If we don’t change course, in the future we will be less will informed, more polarised, massively manipulated, living in more corrupt and less democ…