The aim of this project is to help the user have the means to mould the information they find, and the information they generate, into a coherent whole, both to communicate with others and to help them grasp the information and to see what is missing and what is contradictory.
In order to build such a structure in a visual way, the user needs self contained units/nodes which can be placed freely on the screen and possibly connecting lines and/or headings to categorise the nodes.
This needs to take place within the environment of a word processor since that is the basic deliverable format used by the users, particularly students.
I have come up against the issue of what nodes to show; plain text, headings, glossary terms AND/OR citations and it becomes messy and way out of scope for what we can achieve in the relatively short term. I have also come up against the issue of different modes communicating different things; in some cases simple glossary cards are more valuable than connected virtual ‘index cards’. I have gotten to the conclusion outlined below and I feel this strikes a good balance based on the user sculpting their knowledge without too much manual work or too much automation.
User creates Glossary Terms inside Author or via Liquid | Flow and they are accessed in Author in the same interaction as creating connecting to a Heading (in-document link) or image. The text which gets associated will have a Degree Symbol° appended and can be mouse covered in Read mode to show the definition in index card form and will be available when pinch out to see in graph form: