inscript -> notes -> knowledge management -> zettelkasten

Arno Schmidt with his zettelkasten
writer Arno Schmidt with his zettelkasten

"zettelkasten" => german: 'slipbox'

a system for keeping track of information|research by:

- creating small notes on a single topic (should generally respect the principle of atomicity => 1 note = 1 idea thus no link ambiguity)
- groupings of notes can be implied through links or made explicit through "structure notes" or "hub notes" which serve as outlines of content
- assigning a unique identifier to each note
  (perhaps a number, timestamp, word, or collection of words)
- linking notes to each other

benefits of the zettelkasten system:

- these links created groups|subsets of notes
- these groups create the building blocks for writing or project documentation
- eventually, the system becomes dense enough that searching through the zettelkasten allows for surprising|emergent|conversational results

- the zettelkasten system is largely attributed to Niklas Luhmann, a german sociologist and systems theorist known for amassing a large collection of notes over his prolific academic career (published 60 books and ended up with 90,000 notes in his system)

digital gardening
concept mapping
maps of content
notes on Sonke Ahren's How To Take Smart Notes


Marvin Blum's excellent write-up on Luhmann's zettelkasten⭧

Luhmann's Zettelkasten digitized and hosted by Bielefeld University⭧ => an excellent example of an analog hypertext work

Christian Tietze and Sascha Fast's incredible resource on the Zettelkasten Method⭧

Luhmann's essay on the method⭧

Sonke Ahrens - How To Take Smart Notes