- a central repository of information nodes (links and documents) culled over a lifetime of learning; by definition this should be capable of:
- information node insertion/edit/deletion
- convenient searching
- export in convenient formats
In my experience some existing apps come close to these PINC requirements although none meets them completely:
- Evernote: a widely used app/service that can store a very large range of information types and now has easy sharing
- Diigo: primarily a link repository that took over and expanded upon the early now reincarnated Delicious service; this repository is only useful if all information nodes are resource links
- Mendeley: primarily a citation repository which is widely used to share academic references as well as links; PDF and data files are also handled well; the recent takeover by Elsevier casts doubt on its long term survival
All the suggested PINC apps come with free versions although the paid service offers not only more features but also promises more longevity, a major requirement for a service that will be needed over many years.
It was pleasing to see the early creation of a shared Diigo list of references for this Open Education MOOC but it appears not to have survived week 1. The excellent list of references provided for us on #h817open are currently scattered over several OpenLearn pages. It would be more useful if all references were gathered together in a public repository of some sort that will survive the end of the Open Education MOOC.
I would be very happy to hear of alternative PINC tools that other people are using. Please comment below.