Here's the strategy I use, which relies mainly on CiteULike and Google Desktop, what are some others?
- Use Slogger and "Save As" to save every webpage and pdf I look at, put the pdf's online for ease of access and sharing.
- For more important papers, add an entry to CiteULike with a small comment
- When common themes emerge (like resistance networks or self-avoiding walk trees), go over papers in that area and make sure they share a tag or group of tags
- For papers that are revisited, use "Notes" section for that paper in CiteULike to save page numbers of every important formula or statement in the paper.
- Finally, once a particular theme comes up often enough, review all the papers in that topic, write a mini-summary, put it in the "Notes" section of the oldest paper in that category
I do similar thing with books, in addition to scanning every technical book that I spend more than a couple of hours reading. With double-sided scans, you can average 4 seconds per page, so well worth the time investment. In addition, book scanning has a kind of meditation effect.
To find some result, ideally I remember the author or tag you put it under, then I use CiteULike search feature. If that fails, use Google Desktop to search through pdf's and web history.
What strategy do you use?