The items listed below can exist alone in a document or as a part of a document with others. These elements can be text, scribbles, tags, applet bits of code and other means of marking intention:
• Thoughts : Notes, Writings
Our thoughts are simply notes° created by us without primarily referencing something else in the world.
• Something in the World : Citations
Something in the world which can be addressed and cited somehow. This can be a clipping/cutting or a URL or just the data itself which a system can search for and locate in an origin document/location. Includes text, Pictures, Video, Audio and Graphs.
• Thoughts about Something in the World : Annotations
Something which exists in the world, such as an article and we add a note to it, we annotate° it with our thoughts. This can be through adding meta-information in a digital environment with explicit ‘tags’ but it can also mean simple highlights, strokes and shapes around text or other information.
• Thoughts about Something in Our Work : Comments
We make ‘notes’ of our thoughts and information we come across. We add notes – we ‘annotate’ – documents others have created, for our own use while we comment° on documents others have created for their use/benefit and attach notes on our own for further information for the reader.
Knowledge Container/Frame : Document
Any self-contained addressable or portable framing of any of the components listed above, including composite and single items.