Information literacy ...
begins with literacy enabled information
I like to easily re-find it again
The Internet makes it easy to gather knowledge and information. Too easy.
The greatest challenge, therefore, is to organize the mass of material that accumulates over time in a way to re-find the information again when you need it for your work.
See how digi-libris can help to organize your collection and to automatically classify incoming documents.
I write a lot
Whether you’re working on a thesis, writing a book or preparing a business presentation, you would probably start by collecting ideas. You search the web and download material from all kinds of sources. Add this to your digi-libris collection on an ongoing basis, it will help you keep track of your ideas.
digi-libris allows you to split your work into different projects for a better overview and files can be listed in multiple projects.
As a journalist or blog writer you may want look at Betty O. by way of an example:
She writes a regular column about table manners and kitchen recipes of which she has already over 1000 collected, including high quality photos. Digi-libris helps her keeping an overview and quickly select the recipes, comments and citations most suitable for her daily writing.
She simply drags all recipes that come across her desk and all photos she receives or shoots herself into the main window of digi-libris reader where they are automatically sorted alphabetically (although she sometimes has to tweak titles that are not telling enough). Thumbnails for quick recognition and handwritten notes supplied by some elderly neighbours are typed and added manually to show up side by side in the same list with the digital content.
I often download documents
Some documents are “well-behaved”, i.e. they are user-friendly (bookmarks, interactive table of contents, cross references) and search-friendly which means they contain useful embedded metadata which digi-libris can read and use to classify the document automatically.
Unfortunately many documents are not “well-behaved” in which case the user has to enter the missing metadata (title, author, subject, keywords etc.) by hand in order to rapidly re-find the document again in your personal knowledge base.
Whether you are a lawyer collecting precedence cases and judgements or a head hunter who keeps copies of all CVs or a sanitary installer who carries hundreds of manuals and installation instructions for off-line consultation, you want digi-libris to organize your collection of documents to save time at a client’s premises.
I like eBooks and real Books
With digi-libris it is easy to maintain a personal library and catalogue electronic and physical books, sorted by title, subject, author, publisher or any other criteria.
eBooks will automatically reveal their metadata and thumbnail picture.
Metadata for physical books have to be picked from the book itself or looked up on the Internet and then entered manually. You can even include your own comments or keep a record of when and to whom the book has been lent out.
I like to organize my collection of things
Coins, stamps, paintings and any other collectible items. What one can collect, one can organize with digi-libris.
Physical, electronic and virtual objects are recorded, indexed and sorted. Add description, keywords, pictures and attributes of your own such as theme, artist, material, year, size, cost etc. digi-libris is made for this.
I prepare a catalogue of my precious objects
With digi-libris you can easily keep track of your treasures, describe each item with text and an image, add notes and attributes of your own to record the details of your find. You can even produce sorted lists and descriptive catalogues.
Take the example of Stelios L., Archaeologist.
He manages a collection of antique pottery containing over 2000 pieces and his aim is to produce an illustrated and interactive catalogue.
Each object is drawn by hand and photographed and described in detail. Some of these descriptions require a substantial amount of research, most of which he finds in printed works and some he writes down while visiting museums or talking with colleagues. He has created his own attribute, topics and keyword lists in digi-libris and can now extract his catalogue in various formats, including HTML to put on the web.
I work on a thesis with citations
You are a scholar or other- wise engaged in building up a knowledge base. For this you have collected lots of documents and/or citations and can use digi-libris to track info, keep notes and generate bibliographic citations.
A great feature of digi-libris in that context is its ability to generate citations using Citation Style Language (CSL) including for items for which no citations are available like your own work in progress. Once you have entered all required variables, you select the style required by the target publication to generate a citation and bibliographic reference. No need to re-enter variables for different styles.
I like music and take pictures
Since digi-libris now supports the Exif Tool I can preview and select the metadata that matters to me and, above all, I can more easily search my collection by title, artist, keywords and other criteria.
Some of my photos contain GPS data with the exact location of the shot which helps me to classify and better identify these pictures later on.
I share knowledge (with dMeta) The exchange of data of any kind always takes place between two parties who may not speak the same language and who may have vastly different interests. The connecting element is metadata. As a scientist I depend on metadata for my research and authoring work and I know how to find if it exists.
Thanks to digi-libris’ new file format dMeta I can now share any data with colleagues and pass on vital information to facilitate our research work.
All users are multitasking by definition, so it is only natural to blend digital work with digital life.
We import a_professional_paper_one_minute_and_download_music_the_next._We_nbsp.css; write an article and google a work related term and stumble upon an interesting YouTube video the link to which we'd like to keep. Do this a few times per week and you soon end up with a hard disk (or cloud drive) full of items you had forgotten about or lost track of where you had saved them.
With digi-libris Reader you keep track all these items in a single searchable list.
It is an intelligent navigation tool to help you organize your collection of digital, virtual and physical objects and build your own knowledge base. Extracts metadata and shows local and downloaded documents and any other electronic file on your hard disk, the LAN or the cloud as well as remote links and manually added physical objects side by side in a single list for an optimal overview, classified by title, author, keyword or any other criteria. Ideal for cataloging, sharing and citing.
You can even organize your collection of ideas and things by project so you can easily switch between multiple tasks where each project can contain a mix of file types, links and objects.
Although it looks like a finder or Windows Explorer screen, no files are actually moved from where they were originally saved.
Everybody masters the minimal skill of entering word(s) in a search engine and then sees thousands of links exposed. To know which links provide the best answers to solve the problem at hand or to provide new insights is, however, not that easy. For this reason people tend to tag or download more than one document for later off-line study.
The result is known as information chaos which consists of an overcrowded bookmark list and a hard disk or cloud drive full of forgotten documents.
Scholars, even experienced black belt wearers in terms of information literacy, also find themselves confronted with this phaenomenon. The exponentially growing body of scientific knowledge and the increasing academic pressure to publish and to cite can cause substantial amounts of data to pile up.
Key to automatic classification is meaningful metadata. Every document and every piece of data must have embedded or attached metadata.
Authors and publishers must recognize the need to embed or attach metadata to all documents they offer for sharing or on the web and must be aware of the benefits thereof, such as search engine optimization, better authors’ exposure and a higher rate of referencing. They must know how this can be achieved without any extra work.
Users need access to intelligent software tools that can automatically classify incoming data sources based on embedded or attached metadata. One example is the free digi-libris Reader which includes unique features not found in other organization tools, which makes it particularly attractive for students, authors and scholars who use it to keep track of and share knowledge:
Literacy enabled information is information that is easy to discover and easy to peruse. All downloadable documents should be user friendly, i.e. easy to navigate with bookmarks and, where applicable, with an interactive table of contents and search friendly with embedded or attached metadata for automatic classification and sharing of knowledge (given suitable software).
All authors and content providers should use their know-how and influence to insist that publishers make their offerings literacy enabled and that software producers include automatic meta-data parsing in their programs.
digi-libris Reader is a non-tech personal organization tool for today’s multitasking user who works and lives in a digital world.
This is metadata centric software for the automatic organization of your own catalogue or searchable collection of things.
Mix documents and data sets of any type, photos, music, videos and web links in a single list, see vital attributes at a glance.
You can also add physical or virtual items manually.
Authors and scholars use it to share knowledge (see Blog on dMeta) and to generate bibliographies (see blog on Citation Style Language).
It is free and it is very easy to use: Just drag a file or a web link into the main window and it will automatically be classified.
Information literacy begins with literacy enabled information which you collect to amass knowledge in order to gain understanding.