This video shows how to build a knowledgebase in Citavi from the ground up: importing references, editing bibliographic metadata, generating category structures, extracting citations, tagging keywords and exporting bibliographies.
Balancing the need for intra and extratextual annotation with the sort of citation tree I covered in the last video, gives rise to a new set of infrastructural problems that can only be resolved with the additional organizational power of a knowledgebase. In this video I will compare Evernote, Mendeley, Zotero and Citavi and explore their ability to resolve these problems, focusing on Citavi and its unique ability to generate microthematic metadata.
This is a guided tour of the keyword lexicon I developed while building my personal knowledgebase. I use it to tag the content of quotations taken from a wide variety of sources. My hope is show how what you already know might be tagged in a way that is mutually advantageous for human and machine learning — that you can see how this lexicon models the singularity of my thought even as it differs from your own. I encourage you to take and modify whatever you find useful or create your own from scratch. Either way, I’m fascinated to see where our metadata deviate and converge.