How to organise notes - tips? 

I'm looking for a way to organise ideas and notes with an aim to eventually produce something. Discipline issues aside, has anyone ever tried this Zettelkasten method for organising notes and ideas? I'd be glad to hear other suggestions, just asked about this one because it was mentioned in an article I read recently.

How to organise notes - tips? 

@guifitz I've been having real success with personal wiki type systems in the last few years – Zim for the moment, but this could work great in any number of emacs or vim packages.

That gives me both hierarchical organization plus tag based horizontal indexing. Though I have to confess I use the latter much less often than I thought I would.

zim-wiki.org/

How to organise notes - tips? 

@pence This sounds nice. Any shortcomings in terms of features?

(I’m not a frequent Linux user, BTW, although I concede that it’s way past the time for me to learn)

How to organise notes - tips? 

@guifitz Two things I don't like. First, the format in which your notes are stored is a weird, non-standard syntax. Pandoc can kinda grok it, but it feels a bit like lock-in?

Second, I worry about the "everything box" phenomenon: most commonly described with Evernote and friends, having two competing organization systems – your filesystem and your note device – can be a source of friction.

How to organise notes - tips? 

@pence @guifitz I'll jump in to defend pandoc :) Markdown is the least lock-in format one could think of! There are non-standard pandoc extensions, but they are very readable, and also plain text.

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How to organise notes - tips? 

@manolomartinez @pence @guifitz I see that Pandoc converts to ZimWiki but not from it. That would be a nice project for someone.

How to organise notes - tips? 

@pence @manolomartinez @guifitz It occurred to me that Zim can export Markdown. So it would be pretty easy to get something Pandoc understands anyway.

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