PMLogo 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

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