On curation...

TL;DR: Let the BOTYs hit the floor!

Thinking through a reading / research journal (and seeking names), how I'd organise that vs. Zettlekasten / /

Thinking that a periodic set of BOT[WMQY] pages / lists would be good. That is: Best of the (week|month|quarter|year).

I see a tremendous amoung of content flow past me, most I miss. Standard capture systems (bookmarks, Pocket, etc.) are Massive Fails.

The notion of time-segmented capture ... has appeal.


The problem with almost all capture systems is that they just ... accumulate.

With a BOTY, you:

- Indicate items of the current period.
- You Get to Fucking Move On. Rather than just accumulating, the list starts anew on the next period.
- Every so often, you roll up to the next period. This is ... similar to some technical logging systems (syadmins / DevOps people will know this from Munin and related). You don't want to capture _everything_, only the _best of_ the period.



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@dredmorbius Also anytime you're expected to put things (like bookmarks) in categories or folders or something it doesn't age well. Nevermind the mental burden of thinking what cat the thing belongs to, a category that makes sense one day may not 6 months l ater.

The ideal primary vector to organize things on is time. It's universal, it's automatic, and our minds are already accustomed to it.

Add tags and good search and voila. At least that's my current thinking on the topic.

@teleclimber Durable, useful, usable ontologies are Hard to Create. I've failed multiple times.

I've been exploring the Library of Congress Classifications and Subject Headings over the past few weeks (attempting to parse these usefully from their PDF sources), in part as an exploration of those as a useful ontology (or the basis for one).

There's an inherent conflict between _completeness_ (mission accomplised!) and _utility_ (notsomuch), especially for smaller collections.

@teleclimber The great thing about time is that _it happens_. And yes, it's a useful segregating dimension.

I've found interesting in particular how various ontologies and classifications address the specific topics of geography and history -- one is an organisation in space, the other in time. Somewhat amusingly, each often gets immediately sub-classified by the other -- we have _history of places_ and _places in history_. Then there are various themes or topics which recur.

@teleclimber My view is that time probably isn't the best _final_ classification schema. But it's a very useful _initial_ one. You can revisit it and find other dimensions which grow from it.

With ... time ... and accumulation, though, an Endless Pile of Crappe becomes tedious to deal with, and some other means of stratification becomes necessary. In particular, dimensions which cross and trancend time.

@dredmorbius agreed. It's great as the initial classification. It can't be the only way to retrieve something, but with the help of full text search and tags it could be enough.

@teleclimber I certainly wish more sites *had* a useful time-oriented search / filter.

Even the ones that do usually have it a bit too broken up to be useful.

As I was archiving a website recently (author died), one thing I ended up with was a date-oriented index to the Whole Damned Thing, which I found useful in itself.

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