Zettelkasten

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Using The Archive to Teach Music

Screenshot of Dr. Foley's archive
An example note by Dr. Foley

Dr. Christopher Foley is a piano teacher based in Toronto, Canada. He set up The Archive to write, send, and curate lesson notes for his piano students. Read “How I Use The Archive and My Music Staff to Create Engaging Lesson Notes”.

Christian’s Comment: I’m familiar with programming and the humanities, but I always wondered how a Zettelkasten could work for fine arts – or music, for that matter. I’m looking forward to hear progress reports by Dr. Foley that go into detail!

Sascha’s Comment: I think that shows the power of a plain text approach. Basically, all you need to do is to manipulate text. That means that you should set up a system that makes your manipulation abilities so powerful that the bottleneck in your workflow is not determined by your fingers but by your thinking. Great work, Doc. :)

Overview Notes and Clickable Links

Sascha created a short video (sub 4min) about the usefulness of a little feature: clicking on stuff to change the search. Once you design your workflow to center around search terms, search shortcuts become super powerful.

In this example, he used the reference manager’s citation key to quickly filter for notes about a book. The result is an overview of book notes, as you will see.

Update 2017-11-13: Link fixed!

The Archive App – Introduction to the Introduction

Sascha is preparing a video series showcasing the unique features of our app The Archive. Here’s the intro:

Remember that we follow a “software-agnostic approach”. That means our app will be great, but it will still be replaceable. Because we don’t want to lock people in with things they couldn’t do by any other means. The workflow and the method are important, not the tools!

Meanwhile, Sascha is writing the new book and I am working on the app. We are dogfood the beta of The Archive to ourselves already. You cannot imagine how many problems stay under the radar until you try to use the product every day.

Ah well, time to get back to work.

The Archive (Mac app) Beta Invitation

app screenshot
Early development preview

Folks, the time has come to reveal THE ARCHIVE – our very own app for knowledge work.

It’s not just another note-taking app; you can get note-taking solutions anywhere. It’s an app for productive knowledge work, built with a software-agnostic approach in mind.

The app empowers you to write, and it gives you a powerful interface for manipulating your notes to facilitate connections. Meanwhile, its plain text paradigm, powered by Markdown, allows you to access your data with a plethora of other apps. You get all the upsides of method-specific features and cut the downsides of being boxed in.

You know we value plain text because that’s the only way to store data reliably. Text files are the future. And The Archive will make your work future-proof.

If you have a Mac and want to help us test the heck out of the app, sign up for the beta mailing list where we’ll post updates during development and recruit testers from:

http://zettelkasten.de/beta/

By the way, many asked for an English translation of Sascha’s Book on the Zettelkasten Method. There will be a better solution: a comprehensive online course. It will walk you through the basic and advanced techniques of knowledge work. In addition, we will explain everything through extensive use case discussions and showcasing different apps.