Information Flow

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Note-Making Nomenclature

Definition

Information Flow is the identification, capture and processing of an Item of Knowledge which has potential Lasting Value.

 

Information Flow Purpose

The Purpose of Information Flow is to ensure that there is a system in place for recording insights, ideas, thoughts or feelings associated with an Item of Knowledge which has potential Lasting Value.

 

Information Flow Methodology

All information reaches my consciousness in one of these ways:

  1. reading books, articles, news reports etc
  2. visiting websites
  3. receiving emails
  4. listening to podcasts, radio, music
  5. watching TV, opera, movies etc
  6. other apps e.g.
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Information Flow Methodology

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Note-Making Nomenclature

Context

All information reaches my consciousness in one of these ways:

  • reading books, articles, news reports etc
  • visiting websites
  • receiving emails
  • listening to podcasts, radio, music
  • watching TV, opera, movies etc
  • other apps e.g. DailyArt

A Process

This process describes how an Item of Knowledge that has potential Lasting Value is identified, captured and processed in accordance with the criteria described in Information Flow Purpose.

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Definition of a Building Block Note

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I use the word Building Block Note to describe a unique note that I have placed into my Note-Making System.

To get into the Note-Making System, a note must be of potential Lasting Value. Ascribing Lasting Value to a note is my way of cordoning off my attention from items which are merely ‘interesting’ but are likely of no Lasting Value.

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Zettelkasten

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My Note-Making Nomenclature

Definition

Any Zettelkasten is based on the work of Niklas Luhmann, a sociologist. He was a prolific writer, and attributed much of his abundant creativity to his use of a slip box (see Niklas Luhmann’s Card Index: Thinking Tool, Communication Partner, Publication Machine.

His slip box (a filing cabinet of cards – hence zettle (note) kasten (cupboard)), was unique because instead of filing the cards in a typical hierarchical way, he gave each card a unique identifier (usually a date number) and then cross-referenced this note to other related ideas as they emerged.

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