# 2021 05 01 tweets

Over the course of the last **ahem** years, I’ve accumulated a metric crap-ton of notes — notes on reading, notes toward writing, notes from meetings, notes that are something like journal entries. +

The good news is that all of these notes are in Markdown files, and are all in my current note-taking application of choice, http://Obsidian.md. +

The bad news is that these notes are in hierarchically organized folders, unlinked, and far from atomic. I have, for instance, one .md file for each text I’ve read over those years, mostly containing a lot of key excerpts but also sometimes my thoughts on them. +

So the notes are organized by source rather than by my purpose in taking them, making it hard for me to use them as I build a new project, and making it even harder to go explore them later. +

I’ve been trying to read up on notetaking strategies and personal knowledge management and whatnot, in order to think about how to convert this mess to something less tree-like and into somethign more network-like. +

But I’m finding all of those descriptions either too vague or too advanced — for the most part they assume that you know what you’re doing. Or, rather, that you understand what they’re doing. +

What I need is personal knowledge management for beginners. Or, rather, a guide to setting up PKM aimed at folks who’ve been taking gargantuan unlinked notes for decades. +

I am open to suggestions and pointers. And am paging @electricarchaeo in particular.

Will do!

This is all super useful to think through — thanks!

Mmmm this is good to know. I need to finish reading the book I’m in right now $$and wrap up the notetaking in the mode I’ve been using$$ and then dive into this to see how it might help.

Oh, man. 12 hurts.

RT @achdotorg: If you plan to present at #ACH2021 $$7/22\-23$$, register by June 1 here: https://ach2021.ach.org/2021/04/05/registration-for-ach-2021-is-now-open/

RT @Liberating_Arts: .@jeff_bilbro talks with @kfitz about generous thinking, leading generously, and what generous institutions might look…

Miro?

Oooh interesting! Thanks!

That’s super cool.

I’ve had zero real linking practices up to now, so am trying to build a structure from something like scratch. It’ll be interesting to watch this develop.

So happy and grateful to have gotten to be part of this amazing project! https://twitter.com/vkuhn/status/1390722371661615106

Oh wow. This demands a blog post — I want to see how it works!

I’ve been flattening out my folder structure and creating some index pages as a start. And am trying to be very conscious of linking as I take new notes. But it would be great to have a way other than straight search to mine my 300+ enormo reading notes.

I have definitely written the same blog post, which I think counts.

Excellent! I’ve been enjoying the Zotero for iPad to Obsidian via Zotfile flow.

I really, really need to stop checking email after 5pm. There’s nothing quite like the 6pm jolt to the old blood pressure to really enliven an evening.

Just don’t is SUPER hard to get through my skull. I’ve got 25 years of checking on autopilot to overcome.

This is AMAZING. Signing up NOW. https://twitter.com/nancybaym/status/1392797346556174337

There’s a great distance — but at times an unfortunately deep connection — between the merely wackadoodle and the outright dangerous. Here’s where we are today: https://www.chronicle.com/article/the-professor-of-paranoia +

And here’s where we were 17 years ago. https://kfitz.info/the-scariest-plenary-ever/

I find the whole thing painfully sad, not least that there’s enough to be skeptical about in actual documented contemporary life that it’s possible to slide right off into this highly damaging mode of paranoid disbelief.

I’ve always thought of it as a “nope.”

Not a documentary, but have you seen Good Night and Good Luck? The fascinating Murrow plus the amazing David Strathairn…

For those of you watching the Clarivate/ProQuest news with horror $$as am I$$, a few questions: Say you had an open access scholarly network and repository system.

cc @humcommons

1/4

And say while that network has a particular disciplinary focus, you’re on the cusp of adding new disciplinary hubs, and of partnering with higher ed institutions to create campus-based nodes.

https://commons.msu.edu

2/4

And say that you have a good example of an institution that has already used your repository as a point of deposit for theses and dissertations.

https://hcommons.org/deposits/?facets[group_facet][]=CityLIS

3/4

How would you go about expanding your functionality and your visibility in order to to make the case to institutions that an investment in your network could provide an academy-owned alternative to the corporate capture of campus resources?

4/4

💯 Zotero’s model is brilliant: the service is free, and they charge users for extra storage. We’re working very hard on not charging individual users at all, but instead taking on institutional and organizational partners — and their data will always belong to them.

Thank you for the connection!

Replying to @jean_bauer, @humcommons and @SPARC_NA

Ooh, excellent. Do DM!

Replying to @jean_bauer, @humcommons and @SPARC_NA

Sorry about that — I didn’t know I wasn’t following you! Have rectified. :)

Thanks for this pointer! It’s super helpful.

Here I was about to give you an “eww,” only to find out that mine is the utterly irredeemable “$$You’re$$ Having My Baby.” 😳

Exactly. Institutions are far more prone to sustain platforms brought to them by vendors than platforms in which they are partners, whether they’re fully aware of it or not.

Say more about transparency re search histories? The first two points seem unproblematic, but that one raises privacy concerns for me.

I dunno, David, Paul Anka might out-do Perry Como on the pure cringe factor.

Got it. That’s helpful — thank you!

No — but I do think there’s something to be said about the horror of pop music in the 1970s.

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RT @jeroenson: Programme @NECS_Network 2021 conference is available!

On Thursday we $$the pubcom$$ will organize a workshop. Excited, since…

Not literally, but Richard Powers’s Gain is a brilliant fictional history of the two hundred plus year history of an American multinational.

Replying to @jsalem75, @msupress and @msulibraries

Excellent news!

It’s apparently time to resurface my old music theatre ambitions…

RT @MikkiBrock: I should also add that kindness isn't just about individual generosity; it also entails a push to improve the system for ot…

Boards keep complaining about activist faculty. We need to stand up against activist boards. https://twitter.com/shannimcg/status/1395075715251507204

RT @hjoseph: The incentive structure in the US higher ed system desperately needs reform...

This is an interesting set of questions. This is speculation rather than historical knowledge, but I could imagine that $$as for most nonprofit orgs$$ the boards of private institutions have deep fundraising roots, and the boards of public ones have deep accountability roots. +

The problem for the publics in particular that what “accountability” meant in the Progressive Era, as many of the institutions were being established, is SUPER not what it have been manipulated into meaning today.

Sigh. *has

And as the publics have gotten increasingly privatized, their boards have come to function more like the boards of cultural institutions — except with a few areas in which they have WAY more power than any nonprofit board.

All of which is to say that I realllly want to dig back into higher Ed history now.

Always happy to think out loud!

I’ve had my work described as “seminal” and it totally skeeved me. $$Also, no\.$$ I’ve also had it described as “sui generis” and if you’ve got to go with Latin metaphors of propagation, it’s far, far better. https://twitter.com/gmbritton/status/1395452673151799296

Goofy maple tree helicopter seed season has begun. Which means we’ve got equally bonkers chipmunk hijinx on the back patio outside the window where my desk sits. Which means I am set for entertainment. Early summer is the best.

I suspect the same phenomenon that will make a cat sit on the single piece of paper on your floor, or the single space on the floor not covered by paper.

I am very sorry that I am not there to call bullshit on this “requirement.” I tried very hard to carve out a different path in the hopes that others could do the same, but… leaving no doubt didn’t help. :(

I cannot tell you how much it has meant to me this spring to have gotten to follow this project at @kulibraries and @IDRH_KU. <3 https://twitter.com/sferna109/status/1395822105556574216

Seriously. It is sad that we‘ve let this come to this pass. As I said yesterday, we have to stand up against activist boards and define the lane they need to stay in. https://twitter.com/MHarrisPerry/status/1395851191133814785

Here’s the most important thing I learned about nonprofit governance during my last gig: the board has ONE employee over whom they have authority: the CEO or ED. If they disapprove of how the org’s personnel is being managed, they can fire their employee. That’s it.

Or it should be it. But higher ed has gradually given its boards way more intrusive oversight — often in the name of public accountability — than those boards should have. It’s time to take it back.

Which means organizing. And solidarity. Neither of which comes naturally to the ostensible meritocracies that are our institutions. But it’s time. Boards should have the responsibility of ensuring that our institutions fulfill their public mission.

Beyond that, they need to stay in their lane.

I am enormously honored that you’d take my draft on your Actual Vacation!!!

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If we are in conversation in the days ahead and it seems like I’m elsewhere, please know that it’s because this video is on repeat in my head. https://twitter.com/manjusrii/status/1396253211334365184

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is looking for new leadership to work with the Executive Board (Chair-Ele…

A question for folks out there who manage repositories: Say a user deposits a dissertation, and then a couple of years later comes back and tell you that a publisher they’re working with on a book proposal has asked that the deposit be removed. How would you respond?

And would it be out of bounds to take down the deposit but leave a tombstone saying “This deposit has been removed at the request of PUBLISHER, who has seriously backward policies regarding open access”?

I’m 100% with you on all of this. I really really do NOT like the idea of removals. Especially not for bad reasons.

Thank you!

You’re completely right: deposit includes agreeing to our terms, which includes a grant of license, which pre-exists any publisher interest. I want to be as supportive as I can of any scholar caught in a position like this, but there are limits.

Yep.

Interesting — thanks!

Exactly.

Collin! This is all a lot. Sending you all my best thoughts for the path ahead of you.

Indeed! 🤞🏻

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RT @cplong: Nice shout out to ⁦@kfitz⁩ and practices of open peer review: “Joining the 'great conversation' – The fundamental role of annot…

RT @CCooijmans: For anyone seeking to shift away from these types of shenanigans, I can highly recommend @humcommons, which is non-profit,…

Today is this, but with Italian sausage instead of chicken, and spinach in addition to mushrooms.

https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1012898-creamy-one-pot-pasta-with-chicken-and-mushrooms?smid=ck-recipe-iOS-share