A user is planning a book with a colleague and they have a lot of interview material. They are wondering whether to use BrainStorm as the organising platform for the work.
The question they asked is:
Is there an easy way that we can "tag" sections of text so that we can bring together in one place all the sections of all the interviews that concern, say, "religion" or "childhood" or "economic class"?
For people unfamiliar with BrainStorm, the answer is a qualified "yes".Or, bring together all sections that contain multiple tags, for example: "religion" & "childhood" or "childhood" & "rural" and "economic class"?
For those who want to know how, my answer (in three parts) was:
The best way to do it in BrainStorm is to put a tag (or tags) as a separate entry above the block of text that it refers to:
When I was small, I went to Sunday School
Here I was taught simple hymns and prayers
I was also told stories from the Bible
- Economic Class
When I was a child
My father was a sheet metal worker
He regarded himself as working class
As time went by, he was promoted to designer
And, later, to management
He gradually saw himself moving into the middle classes
Although, at heart, he remained part of the working class
If there is only one tag per section, you might consider 'non-namesaking' it and making the whole section a descendant. Then, in order to collect all the 'Childhood' material together, you could use the Write command with 'Only output selected entries' set and the
word Childhood in the text box.
(Or you could replicate sections - one per tag, if there are multiple tags. The sections would become namesakes of each other, but the headings would remain non-namesaked. You would not be taking up more space by replicating sections because all you are doing is creating a shared section.)