Personal Knowledge Management Tools

Personal Knowledge Management Tools

Personal knowledge management is a collection of processes that a person uses to gather, classify, store, search, retrieve, and share ideas, opinions and thoughts in order to support knowledge structuring, sharing and personal content management. Useful tools for PKM include wikis and mindmaps. Read more...

Information Literacy Tutorial

KOnstanz Postgraduate Information Literacy Online Tutorial (KOPILOT):
KOPILOT has primarily been developed to support postgraduates at the University of Konstanz with their research. The tutorial aims to provide users with a holistic overview of information and also focuses on the rapidly changing world of scholarly communication. It offers modules on how to search and retrieve information, how to acquire and manage information, as well as modules on digital libraries, the publishing process and web tools for knowledge management.

Wiki Software

Wiki software is collaborative software that runs a wiki, i.e., a website that allows users to create and collaboratively edit web pages via a web browser. A wiki system is usually a web application that runs on one or more web servers. The content is usually stored in either a file system or a database. There are currently dozens of actively maintained wiki engines, in a variety of programming languages, including both open source and proprietary applications. Read more...
You can find a comparison of wiki software on Wikipedia and a comparison of wikis and features selected by the user on
If you aim to set up your wiki software on your own server you may choose DokuWiki or TWiki, for example. If you prefer subscribing to a hosted service on the Internet which will run the Wiki for you, you may choose MindTouch or NotePub. NotePub can be used as an open purpose wiki (without a markup language) as well as an online notepad for private, public, and shared notes. Notes can include files and images, and can be linked to other notes within NotePub, or to external websites.
PmWiki can be used as a software, as well as a hosting service.
All of the listed tools are free of charge and offer tutorials on their websites.

Mind mapping software

Concept-mapping and mind-mapping software are used to create diagrams of relationships between concepts, ideas or other pieces of information. Read more...
A list of concept mapping and mind mapping software can be found on Wikipedia.
Two notable free tools are FreeMind and XMind. See web sites for help.

Evernote is a suite of software and services designed for notetaking and archiving. A "note" can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten "ink" note. Notes can also have file attachments. Notes can be sorted into folders, then tagged, annotated, edited, given comments, searched and exported as part of a notebook. Evernote supports a number of operating system platforms, and also offers online synchronization and backup services. Read more...

Docear is what the developers call an “academic literature suite”. Comparable to Microsoft Office, which bundles several applications for office workers, Docear bundles several applications for academics. As of now, these applications are BibTeX based reference management, mind mapping, and some pdf management capabilities. Docear has two key features, other tools don't offer. First, Docear lets you import PDF annotations (bookmarks, comments and highlighted text). If more information is required than the bookmark or comment itself provides, Docear can open the PDF on the page the bookmarks points to. Second, all information is structured in a mind map. Read more...

Blogging Software

The free blogging platform wordpress is also a useful tool for knowledge management. The user is able to set up a private blog for oneself or a small group and to structure entries by tags and categories. Wordpress offers extensive support on its website.


ResearchGate is a free social networking site for scientists and researchers. It provides members with a number of tools to facilitate global scientific collaboration. Researchers can create professional profiles, discuss their work in topic specific Q&A forums, share papers, search for jobs and discover conferences in their field.



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