Saturday, February 10, 2024

TiddlyMap and Neo4J

As I continue to explore Knowledge Graphs as what I believe to be a key technology in support of Knowledge Management in the era of rapid AI advancements, I am making baby steps to learn, deploying every learning method possible.  I am getting introduced to a lot of new concepts. It's easy to assign myself some readings but then I struggle to understand what I am reading because I lack some foundations.  I take two steps back to get the basics right and then one step forward.  

What has perhaps helped the most is connecting Knowledge Graphs to what I have learned over the years about various approaches to knowledge mapping.  And then playing with tools that mimic knowledge graph technology or offer a free, simplified approach to learning.  

* First, TiddlyMap has allowed me to get a grasp of nodes and relationships automatically generated based on tagging and links I create as a result of my own knowledge organization schema.  Automated tagging could eventually remove the manual process of tagging but I find the cognitive processes involved in tagging to be useful to me.  Learning the functionalities of the visualizations has been extremely useful to start exploring the data from different angles. Since I created all the data (my own notes), I am very familiar with the content, which makes it easier to figure out how to try to analyze it. 

* Second, I opened a free account on Neo4J to try to get a sense of a real knowledge graph tool.  This was a serious lightbulb moment. I will need some time to really understand the functionalities and because the sample data provided with the learning materials is not something I immediately grasp (compared to my own data in TiddlyMap), this may be a slow process.  Still, what I have done with TiddlyMap in the past month or so has been excellent preparation to dive into a more robust knowledge graph tool. 

TiddlyMap is a personal knowledge management tool and Neo4J is meant for much larger scale knowledge systems.  They are not very comparable.  Yet sometimes a tool meant for individual use can help someone grap concepts that are difficult to grasp by reading guidance, instructions, or even watching a video because the scale of implementation is very different.  

I keep going back to the connections between personal knowledge management -- how individuals can proactively manage their own knowledge -- and knowledge management at the more traditional scale of the organization.  Individuals who have a better grasp of how they, as individuals, handle knowledge, become more effective in supporting organizational knowledge management.  

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