Mind Maps and The Archive / Zettelkasten
I am working on an interesting project with about 5 other people. It covers a broad range of engineering and science specialties, and has a strong research component to it (although that is not its main purpose).
In thinking about how we were going to undertake the work, we created a mind map (using Miro) to visually show the relationships between the technical aspects of the problem, and the processes and event paths that lead from various causes to various effects of the phenomena/behaviour that we are studying (apologies for being so vague, but it would take a thesis to get into this any deeper). So this is a technical mind map, not an organizational one.
One of our tasks is to gather and integrate information about poorly understood factors and processes driving the studied behaviour. It occurred to me that our gathering and integrating efforts would be greatly assisted by bringing all of the information into a Zettelkasten, and that in our initial mind map we have already established some underlying connections between the bits of information (although not all, by a long stretch). We are not starting with an apparently unrelated set of ideas, but rather already know they are related, although we don’t necessarily appreciate just how. As we gather information, I see us expanding the “nodes” on the mind map into zettels (or several zettels) and using the connections between the nodes to guide initial connections between zettels. And as the Zettelkasten evolves, I think so too will the mind map and its connections.
I hope this isn’t too general to make sense to you. I am wondering if others have experience with a similar process, of using a mind map as a starting point for a zettelkasten, and if so, if you could share your experiences in doing so. I would like to be aware of pitfalls (and hopefully avoid them), and also understand ways in which this can be done effectively and efficiently. And I’d like to better understand how the two tools can interact with each other.
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