personal knowledge management for writers 🎙 Xavier Roy
I work at Genesys as a Staff Technical Writer.
How many sources of information are you exposed to throughout a normal work day?
- online (interal and external sites)
As writers, we deal with
information in every part of our day.
And how many times did you find yourself searching for a key piece of information?
Did you find it?
Think about how you found it? Did you go back to any original source of information like mails/tickets/intranet pages?
If you were unable to find it, why was it?
Where did you go wrong?
We all possess pieces of information (big and small) that may or may not make sense at first. But once you start collecting them and process them to bring in some form of structure, then everything starts meshing together and becomes knowledge.
Knowledge Management (KM)
Knowledge Management is the process of capturing, distributing, and effectively using knowledge.
KM as a discipline
Knowledge Management is the
discipline of enabling individuals, teams and entire organizations to collectively and systematically capture, store, create, share and apply knowledge, to better achieve their objectives. Wikipedia entry on KM Personal Knowledge Management (PKM)
Personal Knowledge Management is a
process of collecting information that a person uses to gather, classify, store, search, retrieve and share knowledge in their daily activities and the way in which these processes support work activities. Wikipedia entry on PKM
The principle is that you are
responsible for your growth and learning.
How many sources of
knowledge are you exposed to throughout a normal work day? What can you do to deal with it?
what is TiddlyWiki?
TiddlyWiki is a powerful
non-linear note-taking tool that helps you collect and structure any kind of information and work with it to get stuff done.
It is a wiki-in-a-page.
Think of TiddlyWiki as a file drawer of notecards.
The notecards are called
The notecards are linked with each other through wiki links.
Demo Longevity ⏳ The first release was in Sep 2004. A newer modern version, called TW5 was released in Dec 2013. The older version still works fine and is renamed as TW Classic.
Tiddlers created a decade ago still work.
Sixteen years later, it still works. Unlike most other tools, this is a single file that can live anywhere, on the web, on your computer, on your phone, or on a portable media You can put the file on a usb or a doc sharing site like Dropbox or onedrive and access it anywhere. Atomicity ⚛️ One tiddler for one note or thought works best. Everything in TW is a tiddler. (I mean everything)
Tiddlers are the fundamental units of information.
Usability ✔️ Easy to customise and adapt Switch between wiki markup/markdown/rich text
Easy to learn, easy to use
- Journaling / Blogging
- Task Management
- Longform writing (Essays and Novels)
- Inventory (recipes, personal library, contacts, music collection)
-And a whole lot of plugins
Portability 💼 Works with any web browser. Store in a disk / network / cloud storage / mobile device.
Carry it anywhere and everywhere
Help is a Google Group away No question is stupid Everyone helps including the developer
One of the best online communities ever
Security 🔐 Unless you share, no one can access. Encryption available for the entire wiki.
Your data stays with you.
Knowledge Frameworks Commonplacing Book Zettelkasten PARA (Projects, Areas, Resources, Archive) IMF (Index, Maps, and Framework) Commonplacing Books Commonplace Books were the original KM tool. Also known as commonplace books
a central resource or depository for ideas, quotes, anecdotes, observations and information
Marcus Aurelius » Thomas Jefferson » Napoleon » Bill Gates Zettelkasten A Zettelkasten is an idea of storing and organizing your knowledge.
German for slip box. Pioneered by a German sociologist, Niklas Luhmann. A Zettelkasten can be analog or digital. Luhman wrote over 90000 notes on small slips of paper. PARA P.A.R.A. stands for Projects — Areas — Resources — Archives. Introduced by Tiago Forte, a productivity expert. Emphasis on sorting information by actionability rather than category. This system can be useful if you are organizing information as part of a project management system. More about The PARA Method IMF (Index, Maps, and Framework) IMF stands for Index, Maps of Content, and Fluid Frameworks Designed by Nick Milo A framework for arranging knowledge for research, or just personal use, in a way that provides multiple pathways for finding what you seek.