Triage Incoming Data
Everybody Does Research
Professionals in many industries expend a lot of effort researching issues and analyzing data they have obtained.
The internet makes it possible for anyone to research any issue and collect up the information they find.
This fire hose of incoming data can be so overwhelming that people are usually limited by their ability
to organize and store data as they find and create it.
Traditional hierarchical storage systems are very badly suited for storing the type of random information you
find when searching through on-line or off-line data.
Triage Data Into Patterns
If you triage data in real time as it comes in, you can acquire much larger amounts of data and not
risk missing something important to your research.
A small piece of information may seem to be related to your research but you may not yet see how it fits into
a larger pattern.
Objects Change Complexity as You Do Research
When you identify something new, you should be able to just use that incoming note, bookmark, email or file as
an anchor to represent a new concept.
Say for example you never heard of Thermodynamics and you saw the word online, you could just create a note
named Thermodynamics and associate it to a list of interesting words you found. You could just as well have
come across a website, email or file about Thermodynamics and use that to create an object to anchor the new issue.
This triage approach gets the concept into your database quickly and lets you associate it to whatever made
you interested in this new idea you just heard of, before you forget why you were interested in it.
Your Pattern Database Becomes Your Personal Search Engine
Once you have grown your personal research pattern database for a while, it will become a better place to start new research
that just wandering the internet or local library.
As you use your database each day to lookup information, you should create indexes to find common information
more quickly. You eventually can jump to the index for a group of related issues faster than searching the entire database.
If you come across a new word or idea that does not exist in your personal database, you immediately know
it is truly new to you.
By searching your database, you are effectively searching your lifetime of knowledge