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Build A Networked Knowledge Base

Knowledge is networked and multidimensional. That is, a certain type of knowledge usually has multiple frameworks and multiple perspectives of understanding. There will also be various connections between different concepts, and these connections constitute a very complex network knowledge base, which is difficult to manage in a hierarchical manner.

To help you build your own networked knowledge base, Lattics offers a variety of methods:

  1. Tag

    Tag is a widely used method to associate your knowledge. It requires manual marking. Articles marked with the same tag will be considered to belong to the same category, and even if the articles are not in the same project, they can be retrieved through the tag, thus building cross-project knowledge connections.

    In the Extension Info interface of articles or cards, tags can be marked for them. They can also be marked with the syntax of #tag name in the text.

  2. Citation

    Knowledge is often embedded in each other. For example, A concept will involve B concept, and B concept will involve C concept... Just like the entries of Wikipedia, by improving the interconnection between entries, it is easy to construct a huge knowledge base.

    Lattics provides a method of content referencing that allows articles and cards to connect to each other locally instead of online. When you need to cite an article or card, just type @ in the text. You can also drag articles or cards from the project outline, card library, or search results into the text.

    There are two citation methods provided by Lattics. One is title citation, which is like a Wiki entry that you can click to view the content. The citation title in the text can be modified at will to suit different writing scenarios. The other is full-text citation, which is very suitable for repeating the full-text content of some famous quotes and poems, and is consistent with the style of the original text. When revising the original text, the full-text citations will also be automatically updated.

    Title citations and full-text citations can be easily converted to each other, just click the Convert button in the lower left corner of the citation pop-up window. Full-text citations can also be turned into a piece of plain text by clicking "Unquote" in the upper right corner of the pop-up window.

    Note\: If you need to convert a certain paragraph of text or a certain keyword into a reusable card or entry during the writing process, you can select these words first, and then click "Turn to Card" in the right-click menu. If a certain keyword already has a related entry, a citation to the entry will be automatically created.

  3. Backlinks and unlinked

    If the article or card has been cited, the articles that cited it will be listed in its extension info interface (backlinks), click the link to view and edit the text of the articles.

    Lattics support the "unlinked" feature. It will list all the articles and cards that have mentioned the entry but have not yet cited it, and can establish a citation link with one click, which greatly improves the efficiency of building a networked knowledge base.

  4. Graphs

    For a networked knowledge base, the best way to display it is a graph. Lattics provides three very useful graphs:

    1. Mind Map

      Mind maps is great for formulating ideas for writing. When you get started to write something, you can quickly build a project outline through mind map. The title of each node is displayed in the mind map. If you need to edit the text of a node, you can find the editor icon in the right-click menu, or use the shortcut keys Ctrl + E / Command + E to quickly open the editor.

      Tips: The node position of the mind map are synchronized with the project outline in same time, that is, if the node of the mind map is adjusted, the project outline will be updated accordingly.

    2. Plot View

      The plot view is great for framing the writing points and main plot of each chapter, and helps in the overall design of the plot development and narrative between chapters. The plot points will be recorded in the memo of the article and will not affect the main text.

    3. Aerial view
      A aerial view is great for revising and overviewing the text. It will display the content of all articles and cards on the graph in abbreviated form, and will also present all the relationships between articles and cards. In the aerial view, you can establish the relationship between two articles by dragging the arrows in the right-click menu, and you can set colors, line types, and mark the relationship name for the connection line.

      In the aerial view, you can drag and drop the lower right corner of each article or card to change their size to facilitate different content display needs.

      Tips: Mind Map, Story View, Bird's Eye View all can set a color for each node to mark the importance or priority of the node. You can also remove and delete a node, these functions are in the node's right-click menu.