The org-roam-ui is a visualization and exploration companion to org-roam. The force-directed graph of notes (nodes) and links (edges) shows how concepts fit together and relate. I thought it was primarily eye candy, it’s useful for 1) spotting connections you haven’t already made and 2) identifying orphaned notes that could be linked to other notes.
By looking at a subgraph and increasing the number of neighbor nodes rendered you can see Nth degree connections to a note. This is handy for linking related notes together or simply to think about the through-line that brings seemingly disparate ideas together.
By looking at the edges of the overall graph, it’s easy to spot orphaned notes that don’t connect to anything. These are worth revisiting and linking them or maybe deleting.
- Most tools for networked thought have this kind of graph visualization, but none that integrate with emacs and org-mode.
- Browsing the graph feels a lot like walking around a garden.