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Humanist Archives: Feb. 1, 2022, 5:54 a.m. Humanist 35.507 - a note-taking visualisation tool

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 507.
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        Date: 2022-01-31 12:43:24+00:00
        From: Arthur Perret <>
        Subject: Cosma, a visualization tool for academic Zettelkasten

Dear Humanist members,

I am pleased to share with you the release of Cosma v1.1. Cosma is a hypertext
visualization tool which was initially released only in French. As of v1.1, it
is now available in English.

Cosma is a visualization tool for academic “Zettelkasten” (a documentation
method inspired from Niklas Luhmann's card-based note-taking system). Paired
with a note-taking application such as Zettlr, Cosma helps navigate through
interlinked notes, providing features such as categories-based filters and
contextualized backlinks, in an easy-to-share format.

Cosma is designed for people who work with knowledge, from doctoral students and
university professors, to librarians and journalists. It can be used to
visualize and share collections of any size, from small glossaries to vast
personal wikis.

Cosma was initially funded by the HyperOtlet research programme (2017-2022)
through a grant of France's Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR). It is an
experimental project, part of my doctoral research. Feedback is very much


Arthur Perret
PhD student, information and communication science
Université Bordeaux Montaigne

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