Note written by Wayne Smallman on Monday 3rd of June 2013, 21:05
How do we — humans in the 21st century — save important data and information as we come across it? Typically, we create bookmarks, but we don't create knowledge.
We create links to valuable data, information, insights, and know-how, but what we don't do is create the relational data that builds context.
We create orphans instead of cultivating the knowledge we know is in there. Somewhere. Maybe. Who knows? Once you create a bookmark, it usually vanishes.
Under Cloud aims to solve that problem, by making serendipity reproducible, day after day.
So you found an interesting report, opinion piece by a venerable thought leader, or a novel business model? Okay, maybe they're related in some way, or maybe not, but you know they should be.
Under Cloud allows you to link bookmarks together, creating not just context, not merely relationships, but an invaluable narrative of discovery.
Do you have something to say? Under Cloud lets you add comments of your own to bookmarks.
Tags. Yawn. Yes, everyone knows tags. But the staple of just about every web application these days is just a "me-too" exercise in the arbitrary.
Maybe you created a tag for a company, or a person, or even a nation, or just a thing. If you did that, Under Cloud lets you say so, and in doing so, you add valuable information about that tag and its relevance to the bookmarks to which you just assign it to.
Under Cloud is a note taking and bookmarking service that allows you to create narratives of the things you find on the web, making the serendipitous an event you can capture, hold on to, and use again and again.
Your DNA is data. You are information. Society is knowledge. In the same sense, that's how the Under Cloud works, and as such it comprises three components:
Examples abound of the bookmark-and-forget crime we're all guilty of.
On a day-to-day basis, you add bookmarks to anything and everything you find interesting, notable, or perhaps even valuable to you, or a project you're working on.
Under Cloud allows to make genuine use of those bookmarks, rather than have them just vanish and be forgotten — instead, they become an active participant in your knowledge gathering.
A major difference between the Under Cloud and other bookmarking services is that you can chain — or link — bookmarks together, to create a narrative of your choosing — you can build your own web of pages.
One bookmark might be the release of a scientific paper, while the bookmarks linking to it might be the reaction and responses from the community.
You might link together bookmarks that are the various stages you require when building your own personal computer, or a shed for your back yard.
Or you could be building an ad hoc corpus of research, but — as stated before — as a narrative, flowing in a chronological order, or in any order that makes sense to you, which you can supplement with annotative descriptions.
In general, topics can be seen as collections of bookmarks, typically around a theme. So you might have a hobby — like illustrating, or painting — and a topic might be a collection of bookmarks of your favourite artists, or their works.
Another topic might be an assortment of ideas, concepts, or theories — almost anything — which you need to refer to in a project.
You can use notes for just about anything. But with the benefit of folders, you can sort and structure your notes any way you like.
In addition, you can create smart folders, which allow you to easily grab all of the notes in one folder and append them to another note, as if they were a part of that note. You can even control their order in the note, and their style, such as either: a list; a paragraph, or; a chapter.
Within each note: you can attach topics, as either an appendices or a footnote; and individual bookmarks, which appear as sources.
So you can see just how flexible the Under Cloud is! And it's only going to improve over time. If you're interested in more information, or you'd like to try the Under Cloud for yourself, contact Wayne Smallman.