In Engelbart’s writing Diigo can relate to two segments. It first relates to the section where Engelbart mentions Vannevar Bush’s Memex. The Memex is a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility. Like the Memex, in Diigo you can bookmark websites, pdfs, and anything found online to share with others in a speedy and flexible manner.
The second section relating to Diigo in Engelbart’s writing is a relatively simple note and file system. Using IBM-card sized edge-notchable cards to write or type data, thought, fact, consideration concepts, ideas, worries, etc. These cards are then separated in decks with a master card with descriptors associated with individual holes. The master card idea and the holes, corresponding to organization, evoked thoughts of Diigo where you can write a description of the site you are bookmarking and use tags to put on those bookmarked websites.
Engelbart calls these little cards “kernels” that he can browse, make additions or corrections, or build new sets of thought kernels with a good deal of freedom. My current workspace for integrating new ideas, concepts, considerations, and questions about your research topic represents a (metaphor) black hole into a smaller process similar to gold panning in which gold is my “kernel.”
Throughout the week I have just been absorbing up all the information I can get. Even though my topic is Internet privacy, I have just been open to a lot of different ideas. If the idea is captivating, I add it to my archive although I might not even know what I am going to do with it. In the end I really do not know what I am going to do with all the information but as long as I have it I am satisfied.
This week I had taken information from my peers blogs, comments on my blogs, articles I have read, and ideas people have thrown out there. I read a few of my peers blogs that had branches of Internet privacy regarding hacking and government policy and saved that information on my computer. I got a comment from my professor regarding an article about humans getting smarter, I read it and bookmarked it. I read articles for my Inquiry Project that interested me so I bookmarked them all. People commented ideas on some of my blog posts so I kept them in mind and edited my post to integrate that idea. In addition to all the information I had gathered, I also added four new articles from my peers to my Diigo library and bookmarked five new articles to my library about cyber crime, social media, Internet privacy, Facebook, and controversy.
No matter what the information was I kept it because I knew sooner or later, when I need it, I will not be able to find it. Similar to Blurpity who did not explicitly make a metaphor but stated, “I take what ever I find, read it, see if its worth using or keeping for later and if it is Diigo it… There is no sorting or anything like that, it’s just just drop kicked through the vault door and left there.” I guess you could call Blurpity and I hoarders of information who do not really know what to do with it quit yet.
Once I hoard all that information I go through a process similar to gold panning. Gold panning is basically a process of extracting gold from large amounts of hand picked sand or gravel by a repeated process of sifting. In the end you result is that you find gold or you do not; gold being information pertaining to my topic.