In reading through the various PKM, Obsidian, Craft, etc related posts in this forum I’ve noticed a subset of the community that appears to have the same challenge as I do. The people that I think will most relate to this topic are those individuals that for various reasons are tied to one application or workflow that isn’t Obsidian/Roam but also see the value that such tools for their features such as backlinks. As I’ve explored the various options some kind of hybrid approach is the obvious choice. The challenge is how best to organize the content between the two systems to minimize any duplication and facilitate linking the two?
As an example, my situation is due to the nature of my work certain content is best contained in tools other than software such as Obsidian, i.e OneNote. I do a lot of project planning that generates lots of meeting notes, project plans and other associated content. We heavily utilize the Microsoft products. Examples would be Powerpoint slides, Excel spreadsheets or Word documents that just does not make sense to try or simply can’t convert to MD. A lot of the communication is through email and chat clients. I can’t change any of this. In addition to the integrations with Outlook all of this leads to OneNote being the optimal tool for this job. There is a portion of the work that is research focused that would definitely benefit from the linking and associations that are made via a software like Obsidian. I envision using both of these tools along side of each other. As with any hybrid system if you don’t clearly define what content goes where and a sound approach of linking content between the two it cumbersome finding what you are looking.
The approach I’m leaning toward is to have a topic specific MOC or hub documents in Obsidian that will act as the entry point. Then as needed I can link to the specific note where ever I need to OneNote. This will require some more organize overhead but I think it will pay for itself.
For this conversation I’m not using PKM in the broader context of any kind of knowledge such as task management and calendars except. I’m to keep it more narrow definition of notes and reference material.
If you have found a single tool that meets your needs, thats great but lets try and keep this focused on systems of two or more. If you recommendations on specific tools or approaches to helps bridge multiple systems, that is wanted. An example that I know there are some fans of is Hook