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Links as information

Created: 2022-03-19

If cards (small, hyperlinked notes) are nodes on a graph, then the hyperlinks between them are the edges of that graph. This is not a novel idea.

But slightly less obvious is that these edges themselves contain informational value. Perhaps a lot of it.

How do we capture this value?

In the context of a zettelkasten, from "Why You Should Set Links Manually and Not Rely on Search Alone":

The idea that makes you create a link is unique, and so is the resulting link.


You can annotate the link to remind your future self of the context.

I’m pretty sure I read something similar by Tim Berners-Lee in his book, Weaving the Web. But I’d have to track that down.