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Building your own knowledge base

How many times have you been in a position and said to yourself, “where did I see that article?” Given the great expanse of the Internet more than once I’d wager. Of course that’s only the online world, what about all those books and magazines (you do remember paper right?) you have piled up? How about the all the interesting sites and sounds you’ve come across when you’re out and about?

We’re exposed to thousands of data points everyday and the question becomes how to take that information again when we need it. To do that you need a personal knowledge base.

I’m not talking about just a collection of information, nearly everyone has the ability to do that. With the advent of the modern browser we can bookmark articles, save emails forever (or just about), review articles from hundred of websites if we choose. With the phone you have you can take snapshots of anything you wish, short videos, record your voice and even send a text message or make of phone call.

Then you have all the social media you’re reading and creating.

So you have all that information but that’s not a knowledge base.

A knowledge base is that collection of data overlaid with your own comments, observations and what you learned from the experience. When you read a book or an article you take something away from it – make a note of it. You took a snapshot of your kids playing in the snow, you’ll get the time, date, and place recorded automatically if you took it with a smartphone but not the why – add it to your notes.

Of course the other part of the challenge is finding a way to make it all available to you when you what it – no matter where you are. A place that you can continue to add items as well as pull from that stock of knowledge.

For me that tool is Evernote. Every device I own and use as it loaded on it. It’s become an integral part of what I do and who I am. It’s not just receipes and receipt photos – it’s also where I’ve stored photos of my kids, articles I wanted to read and any observations I had about them. I keep meeting minutes, newsletters, even voice mails – it’s a treasure trove of data.

As I’ve used Evernote I’ve come to learn more about how these pieces of data are connected – I even connect them using note links so I can move easily between them. I tag things, use keywords in titles and date code them (date codes is an upcoming post) all so I can find things easier and draw conclusions from that information.

I’ll be coming back to this topic often but my question for now is, do you have a personal knowledge base?

Also, be sure to check out the Wikipedia article bout Personal Knowledge Management.

To my readers in the US – Happy 4th of July

It’s a bit late in the day but I wanted to wish everyone here in the US a Happy 4th of July. I hope that you had an enjoyable day spend with family and friends and of course fireworks.

Happy Fourth!

And yes, for those interested, I took it with my iPhone.

The end of one journey and the start of another [365 Day Project]

Masonic journeys that is.

Derry Masonic Temple in Darkness

For those that have followed me on Twitter and to a lesser extent both here on this blog know that I am a member of the Masonic Fraternity and tonight was a bittersweet moment for me as I had the opportunity to help one man complete his initiation into the fraternity and at the same time mark the end of my journey through the offices of the Lodge.

Tonight’s degree marked the last item on the calender at St. Mark’s Lodge #44 F.&A.M. in Derry, NH that I scheduled as my tenure as Master of the Lodge ended roughly a month ago – there are others that will now carry the torch of the Lodge to set the direction and plan the events. For me, I’m looking forward to providing guidance and counsel to those that are interested in hearing it.

But where one path stops another starts and for me that’s as a Webelos Den Leader for my sons’ Cub Scout Pack and yes, there will be pictures.

100 Days – Where did the time go? [365 Day Project]

One hundred days already, can you believe it?

100 Days - hard to believe it

Back on 1 January when I started this project is was almost on a whim. I thought it was a neat idea at the time and for the most part I’ve had an interesting time with it, documenting things, sharing some interesting sights but there have also been those times and I struggled to just come up with a photo to post.

An interesting side item has come out of this project, I remember a lot more of what’s happened over this time period. A snapshot here and there isn’t what’s done it, it’s the numerous blog posts that I have posted over that same time period. Items such as the snow storms, the wind storm, the blackout are all stored away digitally and form some memories that will be easy to share with the family in the future.

There were many more events that occurred in the first 100 days of this year that I didn’t get a snapshot of, some I wish I had, others I’m glad I didn’t but I will say that I will continue to carry my iPhone with it’s camera at the ready to see what else I can capture with its lens.

Got a photo you’d like to share? Do you have a 365 day project going? Why not share a link in the notes?

Where did you work today? [365 Day Project]

Inside or outside?

Working in the great outdoors

I managed a bit of both today. For my day job I traveled to one of my remote offices for meetings dealing with the usual managerial type deliverables (you know, spreadsheets, reports, etc.) but did get a chance to help out on an internal wiki project – it was nice to see HTML code again.

I finished up my day at the dance studio waiting for my daughter as I often do on Wednesdays but instead of the usual sitting inside on the wooden benches I spent a few minutes writing this blog post from my perch at the picnic table.

Definitely a nice change of pace.