Using Obsidian for personal knowledge management

I have recently been looking at my use of Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) software and in particular to create a curated knowledge base to store articles, bookmarks and notes.

There are three options that have received particular attention from experts in this area recently, Roam Research, Obsidian, and Craft. I decided to try Obsidian and have been populating it with my content and getting used to the syntax.

Obsidian and Markdown

In Obsidian, everything is based on a collection of Markdown files, which means you control your data and can easily get it out of Obsidian if you wish to use other PKM tools in the future.

Markdown is a lightweight markup language for creating formatted text using a plain-text editor. Files created in this way can be read on virtually any device and are ‘human readable’ with the markup code. I store my files in a Dropbox folder which Obsidian reads from in order to create searches, edit and tag.

The following screen shot from Obsidian’s web site shows a typical page with the dynamic graph that is built upon internal links between the Markdown files.

Quick Release

Obsidian has a substantial feature set and super-quick release cycle. They provide updates weekly, sometimes multiple times a week. Obsidian’s developers have thus far made an app that gives you all the expected PKM tools: Wiki-style links, backlinks, and graph view.

I will report back on the progress with my Obsidian knowledge base and, in particular, how it plays with other software across my computer.