One of the most frustrating things as a researcher is keeping all of my sources and references organized. Fortunately, I’ve been using the BibTex format for some time and have minimized loosing sources once I have them. One of my colleagues at UMD posted this:
I do!— Joel Chan is synthesizing knowledge (@JoelChan86) November 5, 2020
Each paper is a page (to collate \[\[context\]\]), and I identify "micropublications" (findings/claims that are contextualized) as blocks within these paper pages, then blockref them into outlines/notes where I synthesize ideas. Ex screenshot: pic.twitter.com/b7K2LdhZiD
The program that he is discusisng is called Roam and it is a tool for organizing your research. I looked into it and the $15 month price seemed a bit high for not knowing if I would like it.
Based on the screenshots, it looks a lot like a wiki with a graph database. I thought the best idea might be to start with just a personal wiki that I could use locally on my machine. That proved to be difficult because wikis are technically multiuser and a single user environment doesn’t count as a wiki. In fact, multiple sources tried to send me to tools like Evernote and OneNote. (To be honest, I would use Notes on the Mac/iPad except that you can’t interlink notes.)
I eventually found Dokuwiki and TiddlyWiki. Dokuwiki looked like it required a web install and I wasn’t up for that. TiddlyWiki looked really nice and besides a few hoops to jump through to save, is very easy to set up. In fact, I found a really nice tutorial on setting TiddlyWiki up like Roam.