There is an exponential increase of knowledge in our world. The existing personal knowledge management systems are insufficient to assist people in processing information.
Most tools store information in unique paths in a tree structure, just as how we used to store information on paper and put them in folders, cabinets, and boxes, using the unique path as its classification.
The tree structure organization used by most tools encourages collection, not connection, of ideas.
Many files are divorced from context; cast into a drawer, rather than methodically fitted into a broader framework of knowledge. Knowledge trees can create pseudo-relationships between files nested within a given hierarchy, but these are not explicit, and can only describe a vertical ‘parent and child’ taxonomy. Some tools, such as web pages and wikis, also allow for orthogonal linking between related files, but this takes place in an ad hoc fashion, and again, there is no ability to explicitly define relationships.
In most tools, thoughts are externalized through text and images organized in linear reading order is most suitable for documentation of knowledge.
However, the production of knowledge is an evolving process of discovery, experimentation, and iteration, in which multiple mentalities of thinking are used.
We constantly associate new information encountered with existing knowledge in our mind.
An organic PKM system shouldn't encourage people to simply document well-thought materials. A step beyond documentation, and even association between existing knowledge, is to support the externalization and experimentation of information.
The main vision is to design a personal workspace for learning, organizing, and iterating knowledge.
1. Building associative connections at ease between items and new information to be discovered
2. Building a medium with intuitive inputs at various levels of abstraction of thought (text + sketching)
I've been thinking about the best way to conduct concept testing with potential audience, since it feels difficult to gain insight without making the tool/medium first. Making the prototype as a "highlight" of what occupies my head is the only thing I could do. → Thread of three short prototype videos on Twitter
I assume the tool will be most helpful at online research across different information sources.