We are still actively working on the spam issue.
Ebvery now and then there is a discussion on /g/ or /sci/ about note taking, second brain or knowledge management systems (KMS). Latest thread is the start of this page. This page is meant to collect useful information and make sure future discussion keep progressing rather than noodling around in small circles. People talk a lot about KMS but usually it is too abstract stuff and colourful presentations with fashionable drop shadows, and when everything has been said and done, too much has been sid and nothing has been done. That is why we are here.
KMS is simply about collecting information so that you can easily retrieve it and also share it with other people. This sounds simple, and yellow post-its abound. The problem comes when you want to retrieve information and yellow notes do not scale. Instead you end up with the "sunflower syndrome" - yellow paper bits surround your monitor until it looks like a deranged sunflower. To retrieve information you need keywords, title, abstract, categories, and complexities quickly increases.
Most offer one or more features along
- Simple markup such as Wiki or Markdown
- Meta data
For now just a list of various KMS that were brought up in these discussions.
Obsidian is a KMS bases on local files written in Markdown. There is also graphics to show how things are interrelated. Export is not completed yet.
Logseq describes itself as a privacy-first, open-source knowledge base, a joyful, open-source outliner that works on top of local plain-text Markdown and Org-mode files
Notion is a collaborative document/note taking system with a workflow. Data is in the cloud and people complain about reliability. When the cloud is gone the sun shines over your empty workspace.
Org mode for Emacs is a plain text major mode for keeping notes, to-do lists, and more. It provides for metadata such as title, author and date.
Orgzly is a free outliner for taking notes and managing to-do lists with specialised search functionality, where notebooks are written as plain text files in Org mode file format. This can be synched with many existing systems.
TiddlyWiki is a single page application (SPA) that implements a wiki on a file.
Typora is a minimal markdown editor. Files can be saved to Git.
VimWiki is a simple local wiki with a search engine.
Zettlr is another open source notebook with markdown
Knowledge can be illustrated by various tools such as Freeplane, Graphviz and more but quickly run into the problem of connecting lines piling up like mats.
This is a start. We need a lot more.