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)
@nicol @neil For a client I'm currently trying to publish part of my markdown notes through github as a wiki on github.io using ReSpec (https://respec.org/docs/) as it can directly work with markdown files as source. For my own digital garden in Obsidian I'm not contemplating publishing anything (other than as collated output on pages is my site)
@ton @neil that's interesting, thanks. I'm guessing technical specs/docs need internal [[double-square]] linking in the same way (which sounds like the main thing lost if publishing Obsidian MD directly https://forum.obsidian.md/t/obsidian-github-pages-for-digital-gardeners/2622/7).
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