“But when I digest the writings of another person, I find generally anyway that I have extracted from his structure and integrated into my own a specific selection of facts, considerations, ideas, etc. Often these different extracted items fit into different places in my structure, or become encased in special substructures as I modify or expand his concepts. Extracting such items or kernels and putting each on its own notecard helps this process considerably…(These notecards or kernels) provide a workspace for me in which I can browse, make additions or corrections, or build new sets of thought kernels with a good deal of freedom.”
Upon finding articles that were relevant to my inquiry topic about social media and music, and then bookmarking them in Diigo, Doug Engelbert’s metaphor can easily be compared to how his filing of kernels is like of the articles we have found. Engelbert references his new found ideas and thoughts as a note card that has been set aside for possible later use. Diigo gives us the freedom to save what we have found, as well as connect and expand our own findings to that of what other students have found while doing their own research, just as Engelbert is able to make additions to his own work.
When it comes to my own metaphor on how I collect my own sources ideas, etc. , I think of a web application I remember using when I was in grade school. I can’t remember what the application was called, but it was made up of typing information in different bubbles and connecting them to each other.
The web of bubbles would be connected with narrower and more precise ideas, and could be edited to connect to the appropriate topic. Like Engelbert’s kernels, these bubbles could have information added at any time.
As I read and digest other information, I remember adding information to the web of bubbles like I had on a computer so many years ago. And like a spider web, I feel like I am catching ideas into my library of knowledge as I read them. Some information may stick, and some may not.