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Knowledge Management

Knowledge management is general [[Personal Productivity Practice]] expressed in [[Zettelkasten]] but also as a form of attention management that surrounds [[Deep Learning]]. As we approach peak attention capitalism, we also see an increased need to monitor and manage knowledge extraction, storage, and refreshment. Knowledge today is abundant, but quality sources providing high signal to noise can be hard to come by -- a tired mind is given to receiving information through low quality or deceptive sources.

RekOwl has a nice high-level overview of knowledge managemnt, expressed as:

Our ability to locate and extract high-quality information from sound sources without becoming overwhelmed. RedOwl suggets looking at 2-3 sources get a well rounded picture of an area and to focus on high quality sources -- books, lectures, and high quality articles
Our ability to retain the knowledge acquired comes through an active engagement with the information through the process of note taking to recontextualize the information into our own words as well as to store this information in a convenient medium (this site, or my logbooks)
Knowledge that isn't kept fresh, won't be in our mind. Usage of tools like [Anki][2] for spaced reptition, mnemonics, and memory palaces assist in creating long-term memory of this information.

Additionally I would add the following advice:

  • Record articles read making sure to cite the names of the author(s) and publications. If you cannot cite where you learned a topic then you do not know if it is mere heresay.
  • Use RSS to "pull" articles from reputible sources into your feed. Do not rely upon News aggregators or Social Media to currate high quality sources. They often sink into articles of the most superficial quality.
  • Otherwise commit to dedicated searches for sources and articles in a particular domain of interest. Note high quality sources and quickly cull low-quality sources.
  • If an article is worth knowing, take the time to read it thuroughly and completely using [[Mind Mapping]] techniques to deconstruct it into an alternativew visual medium.

External References

  1. Janis. On Learning and Knowledge Management, Rekowl. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  2. AnkiWeb, AnkiWeb. Retrieved 2020-10-13.

Linked References

  • personal-productivity-practices
  • zettelkasten

    Zettelkasten is a method of [[knowledge management]] through note taking developed by Niklas Luhmann, a German scholar. The original sytem predates computers and operated on a sytem of index cards. The intention of Zettelkasten is to produce a system of note taking that allows connections between diverse topics by organizing concepts in a flexible manner that avoids silos and rigid hierarchies. In this manner it prefers the usage of bidirectional linking over tags or folder structures.