Best Practices for Creating a Knowledge Map

Improve Your Map Iteratively

You may not think of all the tags or the best tags for a Resource when you add it to your knowledge map initially. Later you may think of additional tags, or better tags. So you can edit the Resource and make those changes to the tags. This way the map becomes better and better over time, and you make it serve the exact purposes you want.

Find The Right Tags To Map An Area, Then Use Them Consistently

Which tags to use to map an area of knowledge? You may start with some initial tags and then refine them over time as you add more and more to your map. The important thing is to use the tags consistently, whichever tags you decide on. The website facilitates this with tags suggestions from your existing pool of tags.

Use Tags To Document The Connections In Your Head

The tags you assign to a given Resource document and reflect the areas of knowledge which you see as related to that Resource. Do you see the Resource as relevant to photography, writing and creativity? Adding those tags will make it visible which connections like that you’ve made in your head. This is a method to make the connections in your head visible to you and others.

Use Levels Of Granularity – General Tags And Specific Tags

There are very general tags like biology, physics and similar. Then there are more specific tags like anatomy, optics and so on. For any Resource, you might assign general tags if it relates to a general area of knowledge, but if the Resource also has detailed specific information, you can assign it more specific tags (this can be either in addition to or instead of the general tags).

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