I have been working on a project, maybe one of the most important projects of my life. I’ve been working on an archive, a custom-crafted database-driven environment to help me organize my academic life (papers, books, references, citations, ideas, progress notes, submissions, etc.)
It’s certainly not “done” yet in that there are about a million additional features that can be added, but thanks to Drupal and open source, I’m already pouring books and journal articles and citations and the related files into this thing, with everything getting categorized and tagged out the wazoo.
Technology is a massively remarkable thing, and modern open source Web 2.0 technology doubly so.
48 hours from concept to custom-formed relational database capable of organizing a budding professor’s life in a web-based interface. Thanks, Drupal, and all of the module builders.
Now I just have to be disciplined enough to use it and to get all my stuff into it!
(And no, it’s not online, I’m hosting it locally on my laptop, though I could theoretically take it online in an hour or so if I needed to travel for academic work and have worldwide access to my database.)