I have just listened to Sources and Methods, a podcast “about interesting people doing interesting things”. This episode was their interview with Mark Bernstein, the creator of Tinderbox app. I fully agree with Mark that note-taking is a very important activity which we usually give too little thought. I am not entirely happy with my note-taking workflow and I wish someone would help me to make it better. I have a pretty good system for naming, tagging and organizing most of my notes. But academic thinking requires much more than classifying information into a set of unmovable categories and keywords. Academics try to develop new categories based on discovering and documenting new connection between ideas. If I hear correctly, this is what Tinderbox is about.
Frankly, I tried Tinderbox a couple of years ago and abandoned it after a while. Perhaps my work at that time did not require such sophistication and creativity in note-taking. Now, I am starting a new exciting project which requires complex thinking and I decided to give Tinderbox another try. I have started with buying “The Tinderbox Way” to understand the philosophy behind the software.