Hi all, new to the forum and Obsidian, so apologies if this is a Newbie question
I am using Obsidian to create networked notes and connections. I love the graph feature that shows how notes are related to each other, but I can’t figure out how to assign properties to the links themselves.
Normally in a network diagram, you have nodes (which are the notes in Obsidian) and edges (which are the links). We can add lots of metadata to the notes (tags, data view, etc.), but I can’t figure out a way to append metadata to the links. There is a little bit of this in Canvas, where I can add a note to an arrow, but it would be great to be able to add detailed information to the arrows (links) that connect different notes together.
If I had this ability, I could create complex network diagrams filtered not only by node properties (notes), but also by edge properties (links).
Here’s an example use case:
I want to capture all of the companies and contacts I make when attending a conference. There are lots of interrelationships between the notes, and I want to be able to sort and filter by the nature of those relationships:
WorkShow - The event I attended
- People I met: Andrea, Bob, Charlie
- Companies: Xylex, YouCorp, Zippy
In the notes for each of the above, I want to capture information that is intrinsic / specific to each of the entitites. Separately, I would like to capture information about the relationships between each of them. This would naturally be associated with the links. Things I might like to capture:
- Bob works for Xylex
Andrea is Works for Xylex
Andrea is Bob’s Boss
Additional properties of the links:
- Dates associated with the relationship (e.g. startdate, enddate)
- What is the relationship? (works for, is friends with, knows, sponsored, etc.)
- Direction of relationships (can do this in Canvas, for example)
I found a similar question, but no answer:
I think the idea of nested data view data would address this, but my understanding is that links nested in dataview quit working for backlink / link summaries. Ideally, would like to use inline dataview markup and have just the link name show in reading view.
Thanks in advance … this would be game-changing for me!