I need a keyword

Is there a word which incorporates all of the following? Work habits and work spaces; time management; mnemonics and other cognitive devices; tools like notebooks and PDAs; personal and shared knowledge management tools (bibliographies, bookmarks and linkfarms).

It seems to me that these things are alike in some way but I can’t find a term which unites them. I certainly know a lot of people who share an interest in them, largely through Ed Vielmetti and his always stimulating Vacuum mailing list.

The most prosaic reason why I want such a term is to use it as a category for this blog. But I think that having a term to describe this set would be useful in discussing the set itself. I want to be able to say, “What kinds of X do you use to help with [a task]? Another X related to that one is [a tool or technique]. The best book I’ve seen about X lately is [title].” Not to mention that “Ed Vielmetti and his friends have the most fascinating conversations about X.”

Hello, world, my old friend

Why another blog? When I’ve already got Aprendiz de todo?

Well, I’m now in a transition, career-wise, education-wise, knowledge-wise. And I’m drawn to the model (which I associate with Ben Hammersley‘s blog while his RSS book was in development, although I’m sure he wasn’t the first) of learning in public. The idea that showing one’s ignorance, as long as it’s accompanied by curiosity and a willingness to learn, is more rewarding than keeping one’s cards close to the vest. Releasing oneself in beta, as it were.

So I’m going to try it in a blog. I’ll be showing my ignorance about IA, IR, KM, UE, UI, and GIS, among many other two- and three-letter acronyms. I’ll let my geek flag fly a little more than in my other blog.

My biggest worry is that I’ll set up two categories — fun stuff for that blog, boring serious stuff for this one. If that happens, or if the idea of learning in public becomes too embarrassing, don’t be surprised if this one disappears — and its Internet Archive mirror, too.