I realized today that organizing my research will have to take some inspiration from Jim Waldo‘s article “A Note on Distributed Computing.” (Even though several other authors are in front of Jim, I know him personally for having written this article and so cite him primarily here.) We cannot blur the lines of interfaces to single processor systems and distributed systems – the two types should not be unified. The same principle applies to how to organize my research.
While I wanted to figure out a way to seamlessly blend my BibTex, notes, PDFs, marked-up HTML, etc. with an externally viewable wiki, I realize that all the nitty-gritty details that I have collected for my own reference don’t need to be exposed to my collaborators. Thus, the wiki, while somewhat bare relative to the Zotero-powered database I maintain in Firefox is sufficient. And all those notes I have for myself? Preserved and accessible from anywhere =)