Linking many notes | Hierarchy in index cards/hubs | Islands of knowledge
My name is Gertjan and i'm new to the forum, and also to Zettelkasten.
Currently I study computer science at University.
So far in my "career" I have barely made any notes.
Now I have come to a point where I feel I need to start making notes, because my methods simply don't work.
For a simple research project where I had to write a paper I simply bookmarked all interesting papers.
But soon I kept forgetting which parts of papers I wanted to re-read, which gave what insights, etc.
Aside form bookmarks (in a webbrowser I should add) I also use OneNote to jot down things I simply must not forget. These mostly consist of ideas I have for products i.e. something I want to make later on and simply want to not forget. However, I want to transition (more like begining) to a new system and Zettelkasten really sparked my interest. Before I start I have some questions with regards to the method itself and how to adapt it to my needs.
My first concern is creating Islands, islets even, of notes that I will never find again. If for example I take 3 connected notes and don't use these for a year I will simply forget about them. A remedy I see is including 1 of those as an entry note and adding it to an index card. However, this requires everything to be indexed this way. What are remedies for this problem?
Secondly I have some diverse subjects I want to take notes on. In OneNote i'd simply create a new notebook, the comparable thing in Zettelkasten would be an index card that contains a note for this subject. Is it also possible to not only have these relations "Index -> Many Entry Note" but also having a single index that points to many other index cards e.g. "Primary index -> Index on subject -> Many Entry notes". I understand this is possible from a technical point of view, but I'm wondering if this defeats the whole purpose of a Zettelkast. If it does, my first question comes popping up again.
As a last problem I'm facing is that you can't link to 100's or 1000's of other notes from 1 note. I have "challenges" that all have specific solutions (a few overlap), all of these I would take a note off. This means I have between 100-1000 such notes. How should I relate this/make connections between them? I can't have a single note that points to all of these, so my instinct is to have a keyword in each of them so when I want to link these "solutions to challenges" I can simply link a search to the keywords somehow. If this is not clear, an analogy would be the planting of seeds. Let's say the way you plant a seed is different for all plants. This thus requires a note for each way to plant. The amount of notes on seed planting would be huge and too large to index? This same problem will most likely also happen for my "Ideas" notebook I have in OneNote, this one contains about 120 ideas each of which I'd like to note down in my Zettelkast, I'm unsure on how these should be connected.
I hope to get a great benefit out of this, and look forward to being on this forum!