Let’s Play: Piggydb Knowledge Creation #1 – “On Writing” by Stephen KingPosted: September 25, 2012
I’ve launched yet another demo for Piggydb.
Piggydb Knowledge Example – http://piggydb.jp/example/
I’m going to show you an actual example of Knowledge Creation, which is introduced in “The Piggydb Way“, by combining with this series of articles “Let’s Play: Piggydb Knowledge Creation”.
To be honest, I have no idea of what it will turn into or what kind of knowledge will be created. So I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes.
You should note that this is just one of countless ways of using Piggydb and I don’t intend to declare that this is the proper way while it would be a certainly interesting and creative way that I think is worth to try out.
So, let’s get started.
The basic process is quite simple. You read randomly selected books and record passages that interest you as knowledge fragments in your Piggydb.
Stephen King’s “On Writing” is the book I selected for the first installment of this series. I randomly picked this book up from my unread books shelf.
First of all, I created a fragment that represents the book and tagged it #book so that I can list all the books I’ve input later on.
Then, I added sub-fragments of the book fragment for the passages that interest me.
It is a little bit tiresome to manually type all the passages into Piggydb …
After that, I looked through the fragments and found the concepts that interest me. I created tags for these concepts: “fear”, “spontaneity”, “like fossils in the ground”.
At first, these concepts don’t necessarily need to be a word or noun. “like fossils in the ground” is a phrase in this case. And even a sentence could be a tag. As your database grows, you will probably find (or even invent) suitable words for the concepts.
Ok, that’s it for this time. I hope I can find unexpected correlations and concepts as I input more books.
If you have any recommendations for books (essay or fiction would be better) or find interesting things in the demo database, please drop me a line.
So, thank you for reading this far and please look forward to the next installment ;-)