Thoughts on Structured/Unstructured and Shared Information Management using Wiki and other emerging technologies
Monday, November 17, 2003

One of the tools for 'innovation management' is to manage your ideas i.e. make sure you capture them when they arrive in flash, and spend time to do more thinking and researching, collect appropriate URLs and so on. My friend Girish sent in this URL in my mail today, pointing to . And the very first thing that I liked was the discussion on outlining tool. Outlining tool helps organize thoughts in hierarchical manner, and allow you to keep multiple threads of thought; collapse and open any thread of thought.

In wiki systems, I almost always use outlining - using lists and sublists which most wikis support. The key difference is that you normally have independent topic for each thread. And these are not necessarily connected (i.e. available from one UI). One approach, for e.g. in twiki, is to use 'Idea' or some such word in topic name, and use search to collect and display all such topics in single page. But it is not quite same as what we want ideally: Have all threads simultaneously available.

Second problem is that wiki systems require you to be online by default. But ideas come primarily while you are offline, and it is easy to take out your pocket PC and put a line or two as notes. You require good synchronization capabilities to make this happen, and with a tool which makes its outlining data available in open format.

Perhaps a plug-in can be built where these concepts are integrated in well-integrated manner. We can use some commonly available tree controls using javascript.

About this blog
All realms of collaboration:
  • Wiki. Weblogs
  • New Integration Platforms for combined structured and unstructured information: Wiki, Portals, Email Clients,
  • Collaborative Document editing, Collaborative knowledge building
  • Email Interfaces to collaborative shares
  • Information organization, management, Publishing: In context of organizations, individuals, Opensource projects etc.
About me:
Name:Vinod Kulkarni

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