about

about me My name is Jay, and I’m a librarian. I’m passionate about knowledge management and organization, personal or otherwise, and I’m a nerd for anything hypertext. I also love opera and my two pets: my cat King Arthur and my bearded dragon Coop. about this site This is a 🍀 digital garden. It contains my notes on various things I’m interested in. These notes are at various stages of growth....

May 8, 2022 · 1 min · jay l. colbert

digital garden

What is a digital garden? To quote Maggie Appleton’s “A Brief History & Ethos of the Digital Garden”, They’re not following the conventions of the “personal blog,” as we’ve come to know it. Rather than presenting a set of polished articles, displayed in reverse chronological order, these sites act more like free form, work-in-progress wikis. A garden is a collection of evolving ideas that aren’t strictly organised by their publication date....

May 8, 2022 · 2 min · jay l. colbert

Zettelkasten

What is a Zettelkasten? In German, Zettelkasten means “slip box.” It is both a method of personal knowledge management and a physical (or digital) system you maintain. The method was popularized by German scholar Niklas Luhmann who used it as a “conversation partner” to help write hundreds of articles and books. To create a Zettelkasten, you need two compartments: literature notes and Zettels. Literature notes are just bibliographic information. Niklas Luhmann wrote the citations of resources on index cards....

May 8, 2022 · 2 min · jay l. colbert