You forgot a vital third use: tags that are never actually used for searching and only function as psychological reassurance that you’ll be able to find things again. (I’ve reduced my use of these lately.)
I came to the same distinction, but I called them keyword tags vs. thematic tags, the category not included in this would be organizational tags, for example I have the tags #Inbox/Rewrite #Inbox/Unfinished to represent notes that I didn’t like the rephrasing of and notes that I partially created but didn’t have the mental energy to complete (e.g. writing half a paragraph explaining an idea followed by “…”).
For building a index, tag notes with (could be 1, could be more) #computerscience/java #history/worldwar1 #history/worldwar2
( I do some research about World War 1 - since i live in Belgium. So I’m using this as an example )
You can create page for these index / entry points. Use dataview to collect all notes from #history/worldwar1 for example.
You can add more levels to the tag like #history/worldwar1/Belgium for example.
For building a cluster
Are keywords that describe the current note. #ypres#trench#gasattack
That way you can search for all notes about #ypres during #history/worldwar1
Or you could later see that there where not only #gasattack during worldwar1 but als in other wars… when you go trough all notes with #gasattack.
But I don’t use tags, I use mainly links. Since the you have backlinks and with dataview you can collect note as easy as with tags.
I would add these to the note: [[World war 1]] - [[Ypres]] - [[Trench Warfare]] - [[Gas Attacks]] at the top of the note. These describe the note, so I can quickly see what the note is about.
For me World War 1 & Ypres would be Entry Notes (Map of Content)
In note itself I will have more links to when for example people, places, specific topics are mentioned.
When adding links to pages that don’t exist, I don’t create the note if it’s not necessary at them moment. That’s something explore later.
I use these types: fact, concept, principle, process, procedure, template. And I use them to work my understanding. From facts and concepts, I try to derive principles, processes, and so on. Likewise, from processes, I try to infer principles and concepts.
I’m not sure how you are thinking about the term organization. My use of the term is a category of tags that are about next steps or what else needs to be done in the note, hence why I start them out with #Inbox/ . So #Inbox/question would be one to tell myself there is a question that needs researching in this note. There is #Inbox/link to remind myself to return to this note and try to make more connections between it and other notes. I have #Inbox/Rewrite if I don’t feel the phrasing of what I written is adequate for future understanding. I have #Inbox/Unfinished for notes that I couldn’t complete (e.g. too tired, or the idea I wanted to convey is not coming to mind).
Thank for your reply. It’s now clear for me how you are using the term “organizational”. Your tags are showing a workflow within Zettelkasten by tagging the status of your notes. I for myself choose a kanban board by tagging notes with the kanban status (backlog, todo, doing, review and done). Two concepts for same purpose.
I have basically three categories of tags. And I’m using a LOT of hashtags – in part because I migrated a lot of notes from software that didn’t interlink like this, so it helped me keep everything “findable” while I don’t have it all linked together yet.
“functional” tags - This is things like #bknotes#todo and #projects. They have little to do with the subject matter of a given note, and are more about what kind of note something is.
topical tags - I know the “official” zettelkasten stuff talks about topics in a negative sense, but I don’t see topics as inherently limiting; it’s just a matter of whether you limit them to “source” topics or “target” topics. So I have these tags mostly at the same few levels I do MOCs - high-level categories like “health” second-level categories like “healing modalities” and then (depending on the particular “category” in question), sometimes a third level, like “herbalism.” Basically, this helps me keep things sorted in MOC-like fashion, even if I haven’t kept my MOCs updated. And I tend to overtag, rather than undertag, so if I think I might want to be able to find something under, say, theology and health, I tag it with both.
conceptual/idea tags - I largely only use these for/with quotes, but I also have tags for things like #greed, #heroism, #faith, etc. in order to find quotes like you might on one of those quote websites. These are often words/ideas that aren’t in the actual quotes, so they don’t necessarily link nicely by them, but I don’t really use these for the rest of my vault.
There’s another sort-of fourth category that’s really a subset of #2 – if I’m working my way through my notes and I find I’m stumbling across a recurrent idea that isn’t already well-connected by other means, I’ll start assigning those a hashtag so that I can go back through later and find them all to link them up. These are more of a temporary “working” tag that lets me flag things for myself so I don’t have to interrupt my flow to go find the other notes that “go with” what I’m looking at. These are generally topical, but at a more atomic level than the ones I consistently use.