The Concept: Connections against Forgetting

»I'm sure I read that before. Where was it again?« is the common, always returning question of every reader, and this is the point where synapsen takes its position. Not only researchers and students of the sciences that rely on the written word are able to recognise this classical problem which this card-catalog seeks to remedy: Forgetting.

How is it possible in the framework of a (text-based) scientific report to position the researched, reformulated piles of knowledge to the extent that even years later it is something that you have at your disposal? And furthermore, how can this knowledge to be "saved" be transformed into intelligent structures that not only deliver a sought answer, but also provide the writer with plentitudes of lines of argumentation and even learns to organise itself? Questions that a competent electronic card catalog seeks to answer.

synapsen is for literature management that is specifically different fwom market-softare like ask-sam, Lidos, LiMan, EndNote etc. Besides simply managing bibliographic data, synapsen also creates an information-architecture that grants the card-catalog the role of an author. Every dataset, which contains not only the bibliographic information pertaining to a text but also complete literature reports, is characterized by a list of catchwords. These are added by the user during the data-entry stage of a card. With the assistance of thorough interal comparisons, synapsen finds cards that share catchwords. Every card is registered in a network of its own knowledge, which can be hypertextually tracked by the mouse-clicking user. In this way, the card catalog delivers unexpected connections and associates lines of argumentation via terms and relevant texts/locations that might not be seen or considered by the user - perhaps it was even forgotten. The card catalog in fact becomes a communication partner and helping hand.

The functionality of synapsen includes, besides the expected basic features (different search-functions, entry and output) also an automated library identification code creator for one's own archive based on copies of books, a complete register of all cards displayed in the form of a hierarchical tree of knowledge, a random generator to search through the cards at random, and much more.

synapsen delivers all of the functions that you need when you are creating scientific texts. The ideal bibliography software -- even after the final work for your studies.

One final word about the system architecture: synapsen functions under all popular operating systems, which is to say Linux, Unix and even Mac OS X and Windows systems. Furthermore, synapsen has a comfortable interface to LaTeX via BibTex.