Laura TrouillerProduct Designer |

What is the best research software/app to organise data/research findings?

I'm doing some research on a potential new venture and would appreciate some recommendations on what tool to use to file/record the research on different topics. It would need to be flexible enough to be able to easily organise them, edit, brain map, maybe share with a team. Think Trello + MindNod + EverNote, but more intuitive interface. Cheers
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  1. Jonathan JamesAlways Reaching. · Written
    With it's continuous feature development, I can't find a better solution: You get web annotations AS you clip browser content.. AND, you can even clip web content and add it to notes on Android and iOS. Once your content enters a new @evernote note.. you can connect services like Zapier and IFTTT to trigger the consumption of your new notes across other cloud-platforms. This means once you save it, you can have a pipeline setup. Not only this, but with instant offline capabilities.. AND all the other features that I haven't mentioned, @evernote Web Clipper makes the most of Online Browser-Based research in my opinion. The free version of @evernote has the sharing feature too.
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    Notion 1.0 Web + Mac App

    Docs, wikis, tasks – a minimal & unified workspace for teams

    Laura TrouillerProduct Designer | · Written
    Well, in the end I found this product and I'm completely hooked! There are a few functionalities that would make it perfect but so far it's a great discovery.
    • Kiran KunigiriA guy who makes cool stuff.

      Overall, Notion is like a bunch of widgets and management apps combined into one awesome package. I've been using it for several months now, and it works really well. It's most useful for team projects, where you can make an entire directory of pages for the different types of tasks you need to handle, and keep all progress and information synced into one app.

      Being able to move content blocks and pages around makes it very easy to organize, and the comment feature makes it easy to start a new thread to discuss a topic. Integration is also great, since I can embed code, videos, and even Google Drive documents. You can also customize the look and feel of pages (I love being able to set icons and header images for each page) to make them easily recognizable, and create complex layouts. There is a huge list of features that makes it possible to do almost anything you would want to do in a management/organization app.

      It's still improving, and they have a list of new features coming soon (the one I'm excited for is being able to assign tasks to people). There's an iOS app beta (that doesn't work on my device currently). There are a few minor bugs that I come across, but it's nothing that distracts you from using it. It's a solid app that I'll continue to use for both group and individual projects.

    • I'm invested in Priority Matrix but find the UI terrible...thus the search and trial of Notion. Wunderlist is only good for grocery and Home Depot lists. And Evernote has lost it's way. This product appears to bring EVERYTHING together.

  3. Jonathan JamesAlways Reaching. · Written
    I find a lot of my work involves writing down and collecting visual stories. This means I jot down and draw a lot while conducting app research, especially when first conceiving the UI-UX elements, things start on paper for me. If you research is very visual-focused and you need a quick way to get hand-made notes/drawings/diagrams into @evernote, you can get the Spark by @wacom to email PDF versions of notes to an @evernote-connected-email, this means as soon as @evernote gets the digital-version of your hand-made work it will produce a new note in-app and cloud-sync it right away. This feature is crucial for me because I handle client life-cycle within @evernote, so delivering visual notes is important.. and the email-to-evernote feature really creates efficiency.
  4. Great open source data sets.