What's your knowledge processing pipeline, and how do you fill it?

My Knowledge Processing Pipeline looks like this: Instapaper → Readwise → Roam Research.

Recently I struggled with discovering quality content to pipe through the line.

What’s your way to fill your pipeline?

#Roam Research #Instapaper #Notes #Bookmarks #Notion #Evernote #Mailbrew
MikeRaia's avatar
almost 2 years ago

Typically it goes from the content provider (Feedly, Pocket, email newsletters) to a Notion Notes page using their "Save to Notion" browser extension. We then end up with a list of articles that the whole team can access and read/comment on. We use tags to categorize the content (usually) as well.

2 points
techflotech-'s avatar
@techflotech- (replying to @MikeRaia )
a year ago

thank you so much for sharing this!
As you get your content from different providers(Feedly, Pocket, email newsletters), that could lead to a big content load. Do you feel it being hard to discover quality content in these big loads of information?

1 point
MikeRaia's avatar
@MikeRaia (replying to @techflotech- )
a year ago

It was until we started using tags in Notion to categorize content by topic or potential use (e.g. "Digital Transformation" "Re-Post on Social" "Keyword Research" etc.)

1 point
RockDr's avatar
almost 2 years ago

Over the holidays I used the downtime to put a lot of thought into this and landed on the same pipeline: Instapaper browser extension (save for read later) → Instapaper (read and highlighting) → Readwise (syncing highlights) → Roam Research, and have been very pleased. Kindle highlighting for purchased books.

I haven't settled on a specific solution for reading and highlighting of PDFs that come as long-form content in my daily work or researching of topics; but the recent weeks for me have really underscored how much of the world's knowledge is distributed in long-form PDFs.

I've also found that if one is extremely selective about the experts one follows on Twitter, Tweetdeck actually provides great pointers to knowledge.

But usually reading time is my bottleneck, not finding stuff to read.

2 points
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@unxrlm (replying to @RockDr )
a year ago

This general flow has remained a core issue for me over the years. Multiple input types end-up with multiple workflows or pipelines and it spreads my "information" around too much. But I look at it this way...

First, one must check the inputs involved. Because not everybody handles the same type of content from the same places. My inputs:
* Web Article/bookmark
* Web article/highlights
* Web article/full-text with search
* Long-form PDF/highlights
* Long-form PDF/full-text with search
* Science Paper/full-text with search + citations
* Books/highlights
* Notes

One of my goals was to keep the number of places to search to a minimum. But I have yet to be able to keep it to ONE.

As of now: Web Article/bookmark, Web article/highlights, Web article/full-text with search, Long-form PDF/highlights, Long-form PDF/full-text with search all end-up in Diigo. It's not the most modern of tools but it surprisingly handles everything I need quite well. I've tried Instapaper, Evernote, Google Bookmarks and Pockets for this, but there was always a shortfall. In Diigo I can organize things easily, can store a web link or cache the full-page, and can mix-up highlights of PDFs of web articles. So it works well for this.

Science and research papers have stayed separate in Paperpile. I keep the papers in this library because it processes the metadata automatically and I can list papers by key topics, look at authors and easily create highlights and citations.

I've recently started centralizing highlights in but primarily Kindle highlights get there. I still use the Kindle app to consume books so that's where highlights go also.

All my personal notes, including key URLs at times, special highlights related to a topic, and other similar content will end-up in Roam with my other personal notes. But not everything makes it there...

Some contenders...

Polar Bookshelf was always attractive to me. But it was missing a full-text search and the "clipper" was not great. I don't know if this has been remediated.

Evernote I always thought was the best at consuming content. Their web clipper is great, you can email content, use PDFs or images. It was fast and flexible and could consume anything. The annotation tools were impossible to use... Always had to use something other than Evernote for web annotations and comments or pdf annotations and comment. So I stopped ingesting into Evernote.

There's a variety of tools I briefly considered that never made the cut: Pinboard,,, etc.

With the amount of content available out there.

2 points
pineslope's avatar
@pineslope (replying to @RockDr )
a year ago

This is helpful. As a grad student, I've settled on the ReadCube Papers app for long-form PDFs, and am generally pleased. ReadCube offers a pleasing interface, full-text search including my notes, etc.

1 point
techflotech-'s avatar
@techflotech- (replying to @RockDr )
a year ago

Thanks for sharing your pipeline to us as well!
I am getting flooded by so much content that I am spending excessive time finding the quality content inside this 'mess'. So this is not a problem for you at all?

1 point
Vlachbild's avatar
a year ago

Same pipeline as you. Main input is:

1) Twitter-highlights , RSS-Feeds and various Newsletters via Mailbrew
2) The Syllabus

1 point
albertoro's avatar
a year ago

It feels like we solve each other's problem in a way. I'm still figuring out the best workflow from multiple sources (mostly Instapaper and Kindle) to Roam. In other words, I have a steady stream of water and a very leaky cauldron!

When I read an article, I usually open 5-8 tabs (from hyperlinks on the post) and read most of them. So if I'm subscribed to 3 newsletters and I get one email each today, this translates to around 20+ pieces of content for my pipleline.

I can assume (as members of Capiche) that our interests intersect.

Check these out:
1. Not Boring (Packy McCormick)
2. Gaby Goldberg (on Medium)
3. The Generalist
4. Every (previously The Everything bundle of Substack), they offer a curated selection of authors (keep an eye out for Nathan Baschez and Li Jin)

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