If you have a markdown format file (.MD) you can import it into InfraNodus to visualize the main topics, their relations, and discover the structural gaps in order to generate your ideas.
InfraNodus can also understand the [[wiki links]] markdown references, so you can visualize not only the connections between the words in a text document, but also connections between the different pages that you are using.
Normally, the apps like RoamResearch or Obsidian make you mark the references in your documents. The advantage of importing your notes into InfraNodus is to generate those connections automatically.
This sort of visualization helps you better understand the structure of your knowledge both on the meta- and granular level.
Here's a short video introducing the workflow to import and to analyze your RoamResearch notes (or any other note-taking app format), followed by the step-by-step guide below.
Step 1: Open the Markdown Import Roam Research App in InfraNodus Apps. Note, that you can also use this app for your Obsidian .MD files or Zettelkasten .txt files written in Markdown language.
Step 2: Choose the appropriate file. We recommend to analyze your notes one by one, so you can get an insight into every note that you made separately. You can import them either into the same graph or into different graphs and then view all the notes simultaneously to find the relation between them.
Step 3: You will then see the graph and can use the Analytics panel on the left to discover the main topical groups in this note and the relations between them:
Step 4: To zoom into onto a certain idea, click on the relevant nodes on the graph. The blocks of the note that contain the highest concentration of those terms will be selected:
Step 5: Go generate a new idea or an insight, click on the Insight button in the Analytics Panel. InfraNodus will detect the structural gap in the network — the two clusters of topics you use that could be connected but are not — and propose you a research question that would link these two topics together, helping you generate a new, surprising and interesting idea:
Step 6: You can then start adding more notes into this graph. In order to do it, use the Roam Research import app or simply click on the editor button, switch to Edit, and then click Import > File:
Step 7: You can import your notes into the same graph (one by one) or into a new graph if you want to analyze them separately. Gradually, you will have a full overview of the ideas in your notes and the relations between them:
Step 8: If you would like to only see the connections between the [[wiki-links]] (omitting the actual words you used in your notes from the graph), you can use the filter feature (right menu) and select the "Only Mentions / Categories" option in the filter:
As a result, you will see a graph like this, showing you the connections between the different [[wiki-links]] present within all of your notes: