Overwhelmed by your research? Turn to Piggydb

Sometimes you can be overwhelmed by the amount and variety of information you uncover when you’re researching a project or a report. Using software to organize your information can help. At first glance, the web application Piggydb seems like a hybrid between a blog and a notebook application like Evernote that allows you to save information. But Piggydb puts its focus on the process of organizing information, which makes it what you might call an idea processor.

Piggydb does not aim to be an input-and-search database, but rather a platform that encourages users to organize their knowledge continuously to discover new ideas or concepts. The project’s Why Piggydb page explains what it’s best suited for in more detail.

Piggydb is the brainchild of Japanese developer Daisuke Morita, who created it because he needed a tool that did what Piggydb does. The software is written in Java, because, Morita says, it’s easy to package a web application with Java. He uses Eclipse and other standard tools for Java development. The software has been under constant development since before its first official release almost a year and a half ago, with new releases coming monthly or even weekly.

Piggydb works best when you use it to build knowledge from the bottom up by accumulating knowledge fragments. It provides two kinds of view for knowledge fragments: flat and tree. Once you create your structure, the software will limit your ability to create new views or make new connections, so it is important to look for other relations between the fragments in the flat view.

Morita says some of the features planned for future versions include:

– Optional anonymous access
– External authentication support (such as LDAP)
– Chinese version (currently English and Japanese are supported)
– Plug-in API
– User-assigned tags and relations

Morita welcomes help with testing the project in a multi-user environment. E-mail or tweet him and he’ll create an account for you.


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